Remediation report – Department of Health [UK] – 15 December 2011

Posted on December 19, 2011. Filed under: Health Professions, Medicine | Tags: |

Remediation report – Department of Health [UK] – 15 December 2011

“The focus of this report is to address clinical competence and capability issues occurring in doctors no longer in the training grades.”

Extract

“Revalidation will provide a positive affirmation that licensed doctors remain up to date and fit to practise throughout their career. As part of the annual appraisal process doctors will need to demonstrate how they are meeting the principles and values set out in Good Medical Practice (GMP), the General Medical Council’s (GMC) core guidance for doctors.

This guidance is based on the GMP Framework for appraisal. Revalidation is based on this guidance and will form the basis of a standard approach for appraisal. It will demand consistent processes for appraisal, including feedback from patients and colleagues. As such, it is expected that the new system will, over time, help to raise the quality of the medical workforce, by supporting doctors in continually updating their professional skills to deliver a service to patients. However, the new processes will inevitably identify some doctors whose competence gives cause for concern and for whom, if they are to revalidate, some form of remediation will be needed.

The Department of Health asked the Remediation Steering Group to look at how well remediation of clinical competence and capability issues works now in the NHS in England. We were asked to consider whether there are options for improving the way this is managed and delivered, so that doctors can access the support they need when they need it and patient safety can be assured. The Group had a great deal of first hand experience of tackling performance issues. We were also able to draw on both existing materials and research, as well as a survey undertaken especially to support this work.

We found that whilst there was much good practice in managing clinical competence and capability concerns, it was still an area that many employers and contracting bodies found difficult to manage. Providing suitable remediation packages was also challenging and was often difficult and very expensive. Indeed, it appeared that ignoring a problem until it became a crisis, sometimes seemed to be the easiest solution.

The Group developed a set of principles that should be followed when tackling poor performance:”

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