Does Out of Hours Work Count Towards GP Revalidation?
Maintaining your licence to practice is an ongoing concern for all GPs and is not something you can put off thinking about until just before your revalidation date comes around. Making sure you are consistently working to meet the criteria for GP revalidation is of course crucial for achieving consistently high professional standards, but also means the appraisal process should be relatively straightforward when the time comes.
Out of hours work can be a really useful way to demonstrate your continuing clinical competence and provides a number of advantages for those preparing for their revaluation appraisals.
Colleague and patient feedback
In their supporting information for appraisal and revalidation, the GMC suggest is it beneficial to have feedback from as wide a range of co-workers and patients as possible for your revalidation appraisal. Working out of hours across several practices broadens the potential pool of people you can request feedback from, helping to strengthen your supporting documents.
Maintaining your licence
If you have moved away from regular practice work, but still wish to maintain your licence, out of hours work can allow you to demonstrate your fitness to work while fitting around your day job or other commitments. This can be particularly useful to those taking a break from regular practice due to having children or taking a fixed term contract in a different field, but who wish to return to regular practice in the near future.
If you do not have a regular practice and are providing out of hours work across numerous practices, you need to establish which will be your designated body. It is your responsibility to update the GMC if your designated body changes. If you are not sure which organisation should be your designated body, the GMC list of accepted organisations can help make your options clearer.
If you do not have a designated body, you can still revalidate in the same way as any other doctor, but you will need to take some additional steps. This includes informing the GMC that you do not have a designated body and ideally finding a suitable person to support your appraisal and provide you with a personal recommendation.
Find out of hours work to help towards your GP revalidation
East Berkshire Primary Care Out of Hours Service is a not-for-profit social enterprise. We provide NHS services and urgent out-of-hours medical care for East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Groups in Bracknell Forest, Slough, Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead.
We offer flexible working to GPs looking for additional work or seeking to switch from regular practice hours. Out of hours work allows GPs to work when they want, where they want and as much as they want, making it easier to achieve a positive work-life balance.
If you are working towards your GP revalidation and wish to explore out of hours work as a means to help pass your appraisal, we will be happy to discuss your options with you and help you find work to suit your availability and goals.