Revalidation and Performance

Government Reports

Department of Health (2008) Medical revalidation - principles and next steps: the Report of the Chief Medical Officer for England's Working Group, July 2008. This report, by an expert working group chaired by Sir Liam Donaldson, set out the principles and next steps for implementing revalidation in the United Kingdom.

The new revalidation system is being established in response to concerns raised by the Shipman inquiry, and the inquiries into the conduct of a number of other doctors. In future, doctors will be required to demonstrate to the General Medical Council that they are up-to-date, and fit to practise medicine. Doctors who take part in revalidation will be granted a license to practise, and will be reassessed every five years.

Department of Health (2007) Trust, Assurance and Safety - The Regulation of Health Professionals. The White Paper.

Department of Health (2006) Good doctors, safer patients: Proposals to strengthen the system to assure and improve the performance of doctors and to protect the safety of patients, following Dame Janet Smith's inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the murders committed by GP Dr Harold Shipman.

Department of Health (2007) Consultation analysis report: Good doctors, Safer Patients and The Regulation of the Non-medical Healthcare Professions.

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