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Revalidation Toolkit – Keep Track of The Competing Demands

The requirements of revalidation are stringent and comprehensive. The need to keep a continual eye on the evidence required by the GMC Good Medical Practice can cause a lot of stress and add to an already overwhelming administrative burden. Using some form of revalidation toolkit is useful to keep track of the competing demands of practice and bureaucracy. But mustering all evidence in a simple and effective manner can be difficult. Many specialist software companies have developed systems to help GPs with their submissions, providing an electronic revalidation toolkit that helps to organize and prompt for the collection and assessment of supporting documentation and evidence.

The requirements of revalidation are stringent and comprehensive. The need to keep a continual eye on the evidence required by the GMC Good Medical Practice can cause a lot of stress and add to an already overwhelming administrative burden. Using some form of revalidation toolkit is useful to keep track of the competing demands of practice and bureaucracy. But mustering all evidence in a simple and effective manner can be difficult. Many specialist software companies have developed systems to help GPs with their submissions, providing an electronic revalidation toolkit that helps to organize and prompt for the collection and assessment of supporting documentation and evidence.

As the requirements of the revalidation process were put in place to ensure a continued and ongoing approach to personal development, it’s not enough to provide information which only relates to a small snapshot of time. Indeed, many GPs fall into the trap of leaving a lot of the work to the last minute and are then faced with the unedifying prospect of having to account for five years’ of continuing professional development. A good electronic revalidation toolkit will simplify the process, but prompting you to gather evidence and information as you work – ensuring that it becomes little more than second nature. Indeed, because evidence and supporting information is gathered closer to the time it was dealt with, the quality of information is much higher and the chances of needing to be recalled are much less.  

The use of medical software in the healthcare sector is becoming much more usual and the integration of revalidation software with other case management systems can help speed up the entire process of administration, meaning that GPs are free to concentrate on their patients. Moreover, because migrating to electronic formats speeds up the process of  bureaucracy, GPs can actually spend more time concentrating on the professional development that revalidation is supposed to encourage. This is especially the case with GPs working in busy practices where meeting frameworks and criteria can be tough if you get little time outside of office hours to reflect on your practice and identify areas where you may need supplementary training.

Having a good relationship with the Responsible Officer overseeing your revalidation application is important and it’s likely to be significantly in your favour if they don’t have to wade through a lot of notes and typically illegible doctor’s scrawl handwriting. It’s also useful for you own purposes to have all information to hand, so that you can contest any decisions if necessary. 

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