3 Pathways to Revalidation
Currently there are 3 pathways by which GMC licensed medical practitioners can Revalidate
Revalidation is the statutory process by which medical practitioners can demonstrate their continued fitness to practise and renew their license with the GMC
1)Connection to a Designated Body and a Responsible Officer
This is the commonest pathway
2)Connection to a Suitable Person
This is relatively uncommon
There are a very limited number of suitable persons in the UK who can only provide a GMC recognised connection for a few doctors in specific contexts
3)Direct Submission to the GMC
This route enables indpendent doctors without a connection to a Designated Body or Suitable Person to Revalidate by Direct Submission to the GMC. The medical practitioner who has chosen to Revlidate via the Direct Submission route according twil the need to make an annual return of information to the GMC . The GMC advises medical parctitioners considering the Direct submission route as follows "you will need to make arrangements yourself, through an independent provider of UK medical appraisals based on our GMP framework for revalidation" MEDSU is one such provider.
Increasing numbers of medical practitioners are choosingthe Direct Submission route
You can read more about the Direct submission route by clicking here
If you are unsure about which Revalidation pathway is appropriate to your situation,or the pros and cons of each pathway, please get in touch and we can advise you
The amendments to the medical act 1983 brought in the requirement for all doctors to hold a license to practice.All doctors with full GMC registration were issued with a licence to practice on the 16th November 2009. The licence to practise was introduced the first step towards the introduction of revalidation. Revalidation commenced on December 3rd 2012 when the Licence to Practise and Revlaidation regulations came into legal force. Meeting the requirements of Enhanced Appraisal is a major administrative task, requiring hundreds of hours of time annually, time that is often not accounted, allowed for or fully supported in doctor’s job plans.
Our supportive approach to Revalidation
Our independent Appraisal process is robust and adheres to the GMC requirements in GMP for Appraisal and Revalidation. Our process management is meticulous and designed to ensure that you stay on track for Revalidation leading to Relicensing and Recertification.
The Appraisal management process is responsive and will identify progress issues at an early stage ensuring that they are resolved do not become problematic.
The Medical Support Union has growing number of experienced consultant appraisers form different medical and surgical specialties. Our members can chose to be appraised by an appraiser from their own specialty background.
Consistency and continuity are essential components of a successful approach to dealing with regulatory and compliance demands.
The Medical Support Unions Appraisers are available to provide annual appraisal meetings or to meet with Appraisees on a more frequent basis throughout the year, as desired or indicated by Appraisees appraisal plans. Our innovative technology and administrative services make for an optimally efficient approach, which alleviates doctors and organisation from the burden of mundane process tasks.
Doctors working outside of NHS contracts of employment may find difficulty in accessing an Enhanced Appraisal and Responsible Officer service that provides them with continuity across work settings and appropriate support through the process. Doctors with portfolio careers or those who work in different geographic locations will suffer lack of continuity.
By contrast the Medical Support Union provides across work settings, irrespective of geographic location. We can offer total continuity to the locum or independent doctor with a portfolio career.
What does it cost?
We aim to provide the best value independent medical governance service in the UK.
Organisations looking for outsourced Appraisal and RO services should contact us directly to disuss their requirements
We take a mutual not for profit Approach to providing governance services whilst still ensuring sutainability
Individual Membership subscription and Costs
Full Membership Subscription
Colleagues connected to a Designated Body or those requiring Appraisal for the Direct submission to the GMC route of Revalidation will require a full membership subscription
£29.50 per month
£295.00 per annum
MEDSU Appraisal £195.00
REV 12 completion for GMC direct submission £75
Other organisations using the MEDSU framework may have their own charges an if in doubt you should check with your Designated Body or Appraisal organisation
Small additional charges may apply for deferral of your annual Appraisal
Reduced membership costs
Colleagues with very limited non income generating practise or those in exceptional hardship may be eligible for a reduced membership or special finacial assistance
Please contact us directly to enquire about this
COMING SOON - Free Membership
PLEASE NOTE : FREE MEMBERSHIP IS NOT APPLICABLE TO OR SUITABLE FOR :
1)MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS CONNECTED TO A MEDSU DESIGNATED BODY
2)MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS SEEKING APPRAISAL VIA MEDSU FOR DIRECT SUBMISSION TO THE GMC
In both cases above a quality assured system of Appraisal and medical governance is required and this is only accessible via a full membership subscription.
You will shortly be able to join MEDSU for free and benefit from our 360 feedback systems, On line Appraisal Portfolio,advanced cloud facilities such as e mail and shared calendars, and a host of other resources. Our open access comprehensive free membership service will be launched shortly.
PLEASE NOTE - OPEN REGISTRATION FOR FREE MEMBRSHIP IS NOT AVAILABLE YET
AGAIN IN CASE OF DOUBT , FREE MEMBERSHIP WILL NOT BE A ROUTE BY WHICH YOU CAN AVOID MEMBERSHIP FEES IF YOU ARE SEEKING APPRAISAL VIA MEDSU FOR GMC DIRECT SUBMISSION, OR IF YOU ARE CONNECED TO A MEDSU DESIGNATED BODY.
In the interim please contact us to register interest in a free membership : firstname.lastname@example.org
Responsible Officer Services
At present the cost of Responsible Officer services is set at £250 pounds per intervention
These costs are under constant review and MEDSU will seek to alter the level and manner of charge continuously to offer its membership the best value possible. Doctors in NHS or private sector employment can still access most of our services either as individuals or via their employers. Our systems can help you successfully prepare yourself for Appraisal and revalidation via your organisations Responsible Officer.
Outsourcing for Designated Body Organisations
Healthcare provider organisations that are Designated Bodies, but lack experience in the line management of doctors in the clinical setting, may feel ill equipped to Appraise doctors and validate their continued fitness to practice. We can provide a comprehensive service to manage the issue as a fully outsourced and risk managed service.