Report reveals revalidation is beginning to have a positive effect but enhancements can be made

Independent research commissioned by the General Medical Council (GMC) has found that four from 10 physicians are changing their practice as a result of their last appraisal. Around half of those physicians aged under 50 have changed their practice. The findings are from an interim report from a UK-wide partnership of scientists, known as UMbRELLA and led by Plymouth University. This report is part of a three-year research study into the effect of revalidation, following its intro in December 2012. The report is based upon a survey finished by more than 26,000 licensed doctors (16 % reaction rate) in addition to numerous Responsible Policemans and feedback from patient and public agents. A further revalidation report has been released today by a partnership of the Universities of Manc …
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GMC enhances tests for abroad medical professionals

The General Medical Council’s (GMC) assessment for worldwide medical professionals wanting to operate in the UK is to be reinforced. Improvements are being made to the Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) test following recommendations from an independent review commissioned by the GMC. The PLAB test is taken by international medical graduates to examine whether they have the understanding and abilities to practise in the UK. It consists of a composed knowledge test at different places around the world and an useful evaluation of scientific skills at the GMC’s Clinical Assessment Centre in Manchester. In future, physicians will be needed to undergo a wider understanding test and a more extensive practical evaluation, which reflect real life consultations in the UK health system. Medical professionals will …
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GMC guidance for medical professionals supporting transgender patients

Doctors have been provided guidance by the General Medical Council (GMC) to assist them support transgender patients. The brand-new advice, based upon the GMC’s core assistance Great medical practice, aims to assist medical professionals in addition to explain their duty of care under legislation including the Equality Act 2010. It deals with ways to support clients who request treatment for gender dysphoria– where someone’s biological sex is the reverse of their gender identity– and consists of info on recommending hormonal agent therapy, and issues around confidentiality and respect, for example dealing with clients by their preferred name and title. Professor Terence Stephenson, Chair of the GMC, stated: ‘Transgender patients have the right to be relieved with the very same regard, sensitivity and understanding as all pat …
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Regulators plan to cut GP regulation concern

3 of the main bodies associated with regulation of GPs have today released a file developed to assist decrease the burden of regulation on the occupation. The General Medical Council (GMC), Care Quality Commission (CQC) and NHS England have jointly published Lowering the workload and duplication connected with the policy of General Practice in England. The file, which is timed to accompany today’s report General Practice Forward View from NHS England is a “declaration of intent” from the 3 organisations. The three organisations assure to interact to enhance and streamline their processes, information requests and checking out routines, to allow for a “in proportion danger based approach” that will modernise the regulative landscape for basic practice and GPs. Th …
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GMC declaration about RCGP’s revalidation guidance

Commenting in reaction to the Royal College of General Practitioners’ updated revalidation guidance, Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the General Medical Council, said: ‘Revalidation needs to be a favorable obstacle for medical professionals, not a concern, which is why we invite this brand-new assistance from the RCGP. This simplifies and clarifies the details which GPs must bring to their appraisals – we hope they discover this handy. ‘The effect of revalidation on medical professionals is something that we are thinking about really carefully. We have lots of proof that for lots of doctors it is a favorable and helpful experience which has helped them to assess their practice. But we constantly stated this was simply the start and that we would learn from the experience of the very first few years– that is why we have j.
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Divulge to the DVLA if a client need to not be driving, physicians told

Physicians need to notify the DVLA (or DVA in Northern Ireland), if a patient continues to drive against medical advice and fails to do this themselves. New draft assistance from the General Medical Council (GMC) stresses a physician’s duty to divulge information to the DVLA or DVA, where the client has cannot act. The strengthened guidance is part of a public consultation on the GMC’s core assistance on confidentiality, which intends to provide greater clarity for physicians on the best ways to balance their legal and ethical responsibilities of privacy with their broader public protection duties. Feedback from medical professionals is that they typically feel anxious about being criticised if they disclose information– but the GMC’s guidance is clear that privacy is not outright. Doctors should divulge i.
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Doing something about it to support physicians who raise issues

Dealing with physicians Working for patients We have published our action plan (pdf) in reaction to Sir Anthony Hooper’s independent review (pdf) of how we handle complaints about doctors who are whistleblowers. The evaluation advised that we need to much better comprehend the background when a company refers a physician to us, where the physician has raised a worry about or about their company. We are thinking about these recommendations carefully in our action strategy, so we can ensure that we deal with the concerns about the medical professional fairly and properly. Anthony Omo, the GMC’s Director of Fitness to Practise and General Counsel, discusses our response to the Hooper Evaluation and the assistance available for whistleblowers in a brand-new GMC article. To view current and forthcoming hearings see the …
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