Revalidation and appraisal for doctors working in paediatric palliative care
Plans are progressing rapidly to support the introduction of 5 yearly revalidation for doctors. The first doctors are likely to revalidate from late 2012. The APPM is keen to support its members in achieving relevant ‘whole practice’ appraisal and in ensuring that revalidation is as straightforward as possible for all doctors working in paediatric palliative care in the United Kingdom.
To this end, we have been providing regular updates during study days and in our newsletters, and have written to all children’s hospice CEOs and Directors of Care to alert them to the hospices’ responsibilities in supporting their doctors to revalidate. These documents include suggested action points for doctors and for hospices, and signpost to other useful on line information and resources to support these processes. Some relevant links are pasted below. We will endeavour to update this section of the APPM website with further developments as they happen.
The APPM has agreement from a few medical appraisers, (currently working in children’s hospice settings, and with a mix of paediatric and GP backgrounds) who are willing in principle to offer revalidation-ready specialty-specific appraisal for colleagues working wholly or partly in paediatric palliative care. This willingness does not imply availability for any particular appraisal year or time frame, and any agreement for appraisal services would be between the doctor’s employer and the appraiser. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
My hope is that appraisal will remain supportive and developmental, and that as plans evolve and simplify, revalidation will be relatively straightforward for the vast majority of doctors. If you have suggestions as to how APPM could further support its members in this area, do let me know. I am also keen to hear from any individuals for whom revalidation processes may be problematic, and am happy to be contacted about any individual queries or concerns in relation to revalidation as the new processes evolve.
Dr Susie Lapwood
Association for Paediatric Palliative Medicine Revalidation Lead
Honorary Clinical Fellow, Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust
Member - South of England Revalidation Delivery Board
Head of Research, Education and Professional Development, and Senior Specialty Doctor at
Helen and Douglas House Hospices for Children and Young Adults
- Resource 1 - Sample/Template agreement for external RO services
- Resource 2 - Example SLA for Revalidation Provision (South Tees)
- Resource 3 - Template revalidation agreement between Trust and Hospice
- Resource 4 - APM and HtH revalidation guidance
- Resource 5 - Example revalidation agreement RO function between NHS trust and hospice
- Resource 6 - Example SLA for RO function between NHS hospital trust and hospice
- Resource 7 - Organisational Readiness Self Assessment Tool (ORSA)
- September 2011 - Revalidation letter to hospice CEOs, Directors of Care and Doctors
- September 2011 - Revalidation update
- November 2011 - Revalidation and appraisal - Where are we now?
- March 2012 - APPM Newsletter
- March 2012 - Revalidation letter to hospice CEOs, Directors of Care and Doctors
- September 2012 - Revalidation update
- November 2012 - Paediatric Palliative Medicine and Revalidation: Question Time – resource slides (from 3rd Annual APPM Study Day)
- Medical revalidation: Challenge and opportunity (for TfSL Leaders of Care 12th December 2012)
- GMC: Supporting information for appraisal and
revalidation (revised April 2011)
- GMC: Guidance on colleague and patient questionnaires
(revised April 2011)
- Responsible Officer Guidance (July 2010)
http://www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/groups/dh_digitalassets/@dh/@en/@ps/documents/digitalasset/dh_119418.pdf (Page 13 has a table 'How do I find out who my responsible officer is?')
- Organisational readiness for revalidation self assessment
tool and briefing note
- www.appraisalsupport.nhs.uk for more general information about revalidation and appraisal. The former hosts the draft ‘Medical Appraisal Guide’ at http://www.revalidationsupport.nhs.uk/medical_appraisal_guide/
- ‘Responsible Officer newsletters’ at: http://www.revalidationsupport.nhs.uk/RO_News.asp
- GMC: ‘The Way Ahead: Preparing for the introduction of
medical revalidation: a guide for NHS leaders in England’ (July 2011).
- GMC: Good Medical Practice framework for appraisal and
revalidation (revised April 2011)
- GMC: ‘Good Medical Practice’ guidance for doctors (2006)
- Draft specialty-specific guidance on supporting
information (August 2011) is available at
- RCGP Revalidation guide for GPs v 5 (Dec 2010)
NB This may be revised once new specialty-specific guidance has been agreed
- https://appraisals.clarity.co.uk/ for an Appraisal toolkit and electronic forms etc. This site includes a proforma 'Structured Reflective Template' (SRT) for each section in the supporting tools. (Note new website address from 21.5.11)
- http://www.appraisalsupport.nhs.uk/news4.asp?item=08052007090123 - for structured reflective templates to personalise reflection on supporting information, useful for those without access to the Clarity site.