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Beyond year zero: getting the best out of revalidation

  • Mary Jane Tacchi
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Medical revalidation was introduced in the UK in 2012 (‘year zero’) after years of discussion and debate. This article describes what it aims to achieve. The General Medical Council's Good Medical Practice is used as a framework on which to build to provide evidence of competencies. Practical aspects of appraisal and revalidation are discussed, with suggestions of how to get the most out of the process both for patients and doctors.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  1. Understand the purpose of revalidation.
  2. Understand the role of the responsible officer.
  3. Describe the types of supporting information necessary for revalidation.

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Dr M. J. Tacchi, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, St Nicholas Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 3XT, UK. Email: mary-jane.tacchi@ntw.nhs.uk
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