A commitment was made in October 2010 by the UK health departments and the General Medical Council (GMC) that, subject to an assessment of readiness, medical revalidation will start across the UK in late 2012. All doctors wishing to hold a licence to practise must take part in revalidation and all organisations providing healthcare are obliged to support their doctors throughout the process.
The GMC has a section for employers on their website, which includes:
A guide to revalidation for NHS leaders in England (published 13 July 2011 by the GMC, Department of Health, Revalidation Support Team and NHS Employers) (pdf)
A guide for independent sector leaders in England (published 18 October 2011) (pdf)
NHS Employers has created a checklist for employers, which provides a useful outline of items to consider, including appraisal policies, pre-employment processes, contracts, action plans and capacity considerations.
Employers could also start to think about other ways they could support the revalidation process. For example, to help preparation for revalidation, a GP practice could: