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All doctors in the UK are participating in a new scheme to check their skills.
The revalidation scheme requires all doctors to review the way that they treat and care for patients. Each year, your doctor will discuss with a specially trained medical colleague, whether there is any way his or her medical practice can be improved. This is called an Annual Appraisal.
All doctors must take part in Annual Appraisals
Doctors' revalidation also includes an important role for patients. Your feedback is an essential part of your doctors' Annual Appraisal. All relevant patient care issues are considered at these Annual Appraisal meetings, including positive comments, complaints or incidents that may have occurred and need to be revised.
The purpose of the exercise is to make sure that very doctor reflects on positive comments received from patients, and on any concerns raised by patients and colleagues.
Every five years, all doctors are reviewed to assess whether they are up-to-date, fit to practise, and complying with professional standards of good medical practice. The doctor's "fitness to practise" is then signed off by the GMC (General Medical Council).
Revalidation and Annual Appraisals are designed to boost the quality of medical care delivered to patients in the UK. It aims to help doctors maintain and improve their practice and encourage patient feedback about the medical care they receive.
The new scheme applies to all doctors wishing to practise in the UK, whether they work in the NHS or privately.