Re-licensing of general practitioners using the current UK revalidation proposals: a cross sectional study

Charlton, Rodger, Coomber, J. and Thistlethwaite, J.E. (2011) Re-licensing of general practitioners using the current UK revalidation proposals: a cross sectional study. Postgraduate Medical Journal, 87 1034: 807-813. doi:10.1136/postgradmedj-2011-130289

Author Charlton, Rodger
Coomber, J.
Thistlethwaite, J.E.
Title Re-licensing of general practitioners using the current UK revalidation proposals: a cross sectional study
Journal name Postgraduate Medical Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1469-0756
Publication date 2011-12-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1136/postgradmedj-2011-130289
Volume 87
Issue 1034
Start page 807
End page 813
Total pages 7
Place of publication London, U.K.
Publisher B M J Group
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
To explore the views of general practitioners (GPs) on the feasibility of collecting supporting information for the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) revalidation portfolio and mapping of this evidence to the General Medical Practice framework for proposed UK medical re-licensing.

Cross sectional study with a questionnaire. Setting One inner city and one mixed urban/rural primary care organisation in the West Midlands, England and one rural primary care organisation in Wales. Participants 51/69 GPs who submitted a revalidation portfolio from November 2009 to February 2010.


The majority of GPs considered the majority of work based supporting information was feasible tocollect within a 5 year revalidation cycle; most concerns were expressed about providing evidence for extended practice, learning credits, and patient satisfaction and colleague feedback surveys (59%, 63%, 72%, and 77%, respectively, of GPs considered it feasible to collect this evidence) due to workload time constraints and lack of automatic access to evidence from others, which differed by GP work role. Two-thirds of participants (65%) stated that the submission of a portfolio of evidence was a feasible component of GP revalidation, reporting reservations on the appropriateness of patient and colleague feedback surveys and extended practice (55%, 57%, and 59% respectively) to provide objective evidence. GPs requested further clarity on the evidence mapping process.


Overall, GPs reported a positive response to the RCGP revalidation proposals. Concerns were focused on collecting the newer types of supporting information and the ability of GPs non-principals to collect this evidence. GP revalidation training and preparation is required.
Keyword Medical-Council
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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