Supporting doctors in difficulty
If your appraiser or your responsible officer think that your eligibility for revalidation is in doubt, they should inform you straight away so you have the opportunity to put things right; revalidation is a continuous process, not a high-stakes examination at a fixed point in time.
Support and guidance for doctors
If you are experiencing difficulties, you should talk to your appraiser at the earliest opportunity. If this is not possible, you should speak to your primary care organisation. In addition, you may find the following resources helpful:
RCGP – Doctors in Difficulty (Q & A)
The RCGP Revalidation Question and Answer (Q & A) Bank provides an easy-to-navigate information resource, containing questions and answers developed by the RCGP Specialty Advisers with sample scenarios and links to relevant resources in each section. These resources are available to RCGP members and Revalidation ePortfolio users, and can be accessed by non-members after a short registration.
Please refer to the Doctors in Difficulty Q & A category.
NCAS – Advice for Practitioners
The National Clinical Assessment Service (NCAS) provide some useful tips for doctors on what to do if their performance is challenged.
BMA – Websites for doctors in difficultly
The British Medical Organisation (BMA) provide a directory to a range of charities and support organisations, some of which are not specific to health professionals.
Additionally, the BMA provide a confidential, nationwide telephone support service for doctors, helping with a range of issues including depression, stress, bullying and substance misuse. Tel 08459 200 169
NHS Practitioner Health Programme
This is a free, confidential service for doctors and dentists living in London who have mental or physical health concerns and/or addiction problems
Health for Health Professionals
Health for Health Professionals supports doctors with health problems, their families and those involved in their treatment
What should I do if I have concerns about patient safety?
The General Medical Council provide information for doctors and other health professionals who have concerns about a doctor and provide a confidential helpline.
Setting standards for local investigation
The RCGP has worked with external partners to develop quality standards for the initial investigation of general practitioners where there are concerns. It plans, at the earliest opportunity, to work with external partners to develop national standards for the remediation of general practitioners, which can then be applied to a general practice context.
RCGP quality standards for the initial investigation of general practitioners when there are concerns (PDF)
GMC Information on Revalidation
NCAS Back on Track Framework for Further Training
NCAS How to conduct a local performance investigation
NHS Revalidation Support Team - Supporting Doctors to Provide Safer Healthcare (PDF)