Medacs Healthcare

JAN 13/2017

Revalidation review

Sir Keith PearsonSir Keith Pearson’s review of revalidation ‘Taking Revalidation Forward’ has just been published, you can download a copy here

The report undertook a full review of the revalidation system in England since its introduction in December 2012, looking at the impact of revalidation to date and making recommendations on how to take revalidation forward. 

The findings are wide and varied, in general concluding that while Revalidation is now settling in and beginning to have an impact on clinical practice, professional behaviour and patient safety, it is still relatively new and highlights some difficulties and challenges the system faces. 

The media chose to focus on ‘locum doctors being the ‘weak-link’ in doctors performance checks’ with some stating that ‘locum agencies are also failing to carry out regular appraisals needed to effectively judge whether licences should be renewed’. You can read the BBC article here.  

Medacs Healthcare and revalidation

Medacs Healthcare has been at the forefront of revalidation for locum doctors since its inception in 2012. Since being selected as a pilot organisation to test and inform on the development of the Medical Appraisal Guide, we have assisted over 1,000 doctors with revalidation.

Locum doctors who are linked to Medacs Healthcare automatically receive the attention and dedication of our revalidation team who are there to expertly guide locum doctors through the revalidation process. We support our locum doctors with:

  • An annual appraisal with our team of fully trained nationwide appraisers 
  • Access to a secure online toolkit to keep all supporting documentation in one place
  • An online multi-source feedback tool, which distributes and collates colleague and patient feedback
  • A dedicated revalidation support team to give doctors advice and guidance on revalidation
  • Free mandatory online training and Basic Life Support (BLS) courses
  • Medacs Academy - a member programme that gives doctors access to free CPD-accredited courses and career development support
  • The services of a Responsible Officer, Dr June Picton.

To date Medacs Healthcare have made c.1,200 revalidation recommendations and, through Medacs Academy, delivered over 3,000 CPD hours to locum doctors. In 2016 our nationwide team carried out over 800 appraisals.

Kirsten Simcoe, Head of Doctors for Medacs Healthcare, commented:

“Medacs Healthcare has built an enviable reputation for the provision of a high quality service and we are renowned for taking our responsibilities seriously. We have worked hard to maintain this reputation and the number of revalidation appraisals we have completed demonstrates this. Medacs Healthcare will continue to strive for excellence in the provision of locum doctors.”

Click here to find out more about our revalidation services. 

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