A major evaluative research study into the regulatory impacts of medical revalidation has been commissioned by the General Medical Council (GMC).
The study involves almost 160,000 licensed doctors who will be asked to undertake a survey about the revalidation process to help researchers assess where improvements need to be made.
The evaluation is being overseen by a UK-wide collaboration of researchers (known as UMbRELLA). The GMC/UMbRELLA collaboration was set-up specifically to undertake the independent evaluation of medical evaluation.
Following the survey, there will be interviews with senior NHS staff as well as feedback from patients.
Doctors not invited to take part in the survey include trainee doctors, those who are provisionally registered and those who do not hold a licence with the GMC. Doctors in foundation or specialty training go through a different revalidation process to fully licensed practitioners. They will be asked to give their opinions on revalidation through the National Training Survey.
The findings of the research are expected to be published in 2018.
More information about the revalidation evaluation survey can be obtained on the UMbRELLA website.