Dr Rachel Birch, Medical Protection Medicolegal Adviser, has put together a series of practical tips to help GPs with collecting their evidence and preparing for revalidation.
- If you move areas, or have recently obtained your CCT, ensure that you are allocated a responsible officer.
- Participate fully in annual appraisal.
- Use an electronic appraisal form to collect your supporting information for appraisal and revalidation.
- Record your continuing professional development (CPD) and Personal Development Plan (PDP) objectives and outcomes.
- Try to record learning as you go along, on a regular basis, and keep all your certificates in one place, making it easier to prepare for annual appraisal.
- Consider the impact of learning on practice and try to apply it to practice or share it with the rest of your team.
- Ensure that you allow enough time to do the patient and colleague feedback surveys and try not to leave them until the final year before revalidation.
- Ensure that you are participating in annual quality improvement activity, providing significant event analyses/individual case reviews each year.
- Plan and undertake a two-cycle clinical audit or quality improvement.
- Register with and start using an online portfolio as this is a useful way to store all the information required for revalidation. Examples are the RCGP Revalidation ePortfolio or, for GPs in Scotland, the Scottish Online Appraisal Resource (see references).
- The GMC have recently launched their My CPD app for smartphones and tablet devices as an alternative way of documenting learning.
- Consider taking the RCGP e-learning module on revalidation.
- Start using the RCGP’s credit system to record all educational activities (including hours and impact).
- If you do other work apart from GP work, discuss this with your appraiser, as it may be able to be covered within your annual GP appraisal. If not, contact the GMC.
- Fully familiarise yourself with RCGP, GMC and local appraisal guidance regarding revalidation.
Practical tips to help you plan and prepare for revalidation
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