The majority of doctors in England (82 per cent) are now linked to organisations that are ready to support them with revalidation, according to the Organisational Readiness Self-Assessment (ORSA) 2011-12 report.
This year, 654 designated bodies completed the ORSA, providing a 95 per cent response rate overall, with a 100 per cent response from NHS organisations.
The report shows that substantial progress has been made over the last year, with improvements in all measured key indicators.
The action plans that responsible officers are preparing in response to the ORSA are crucial in closing the gaps that still exist. Medical directors and responsible officers will need to personally assure this process and ensure that action plans are considered and challenged by their boards.
Revalidation is expected to start in early December 2012, subject to a decision by the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt.
After this, based on plans developed by the four UK countries, the GMC expects to revalidate:
- responsible officers and other medical leaders first, by March 2013
- about a fifth of licensed doctors between April 2013 and the end of March 2014
- the majority of licensed doctors by the end of March 2016
- all remaining licensed doctors by the end of March 2018.