Overview&Local reports 2015-16


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Medical revalidation in Scotland: 2015–2016

National report and local report compendium

This national report & local report compendium provides an update on the progress organisations in Scotland have made during 2015–2016 in relation to implementing medical revalidation and highlights achievements and areas where further work is needed.

A short overview is provided below. Detailed findings and recommendations can be found by downloading our national report and local report compendium.

Further information on medical revalidation and the process involved can be found on our “What is medical revalidation?” information page.

Key messages

  • Medical revalidation in Scotland is a success story. Healthcare organisations reported that 10,560 doctors in total have received a positive recommendation to revalidate between December 2012 and 31 March 2016. Processes for medical revalidation now appear to be well embedded across Scotland and the data suggest that Scotland is on track to complete the first five-year cycle of medical revalidation by 31 March 2018.
  • Annual appraisal rates in Scotland have risen from 80% in 2011–2012 to 92% in 2015–2016. During 2015–2016, the percentage of completed appraisals amongst organisations ranged from 80% to 100%.
  • Links are established between NHS boards and hospices to provide Responsible Officer (RO) support and appraisal services. In response to recommendations in previous reports, we have also seen reciprocal arrangements being established to provide appraisal services in organisations that have one or very few appraisers and a small number of doctors with a prescribed connection.

Our findings

  • The number of completed appraisals in Scotland during 2015–2016 was 11,144, which was 92% of the total number of doctors due for appraisal. There were 670 doctors who were not eligible for appraisal, for example, if they were on long term sick leave or maternity leave. Of the 4,320 doctors who were identified for revalidation in 2015–2016, 95% received a positive recommendation.
  • Annual appraisal rates in Scotland have risen from 80% in 2011–2012 to 92% in 2015–2016. Each year there has been an improvement in governance arrangements to support the appraisal and revalidation process. In particular, links have been developed between NHS boards and hospices to provide RO support and appraisal services. We have also seen reciprocal arrangements being established to provide appraisal services in organisations that have one or very few appraisers and a small number of doctors with a prescribed connection. However, while total appraisal rates have improved since 2011–2012, there is variation in appraisal rates for some groups of medical staff. Appraisal rates for 2015–2016 vary from 70% (range 40%-100%) for university-employed medical staff with a licence to practise, to 95% for GPs (range 88%-100%).
  • Healthcare organisations are progressing through the first five-year cycle of medical revalidation. It was reported that 10,560 doctors in total have received a positive recommendation to revalidate between December 2012 and 31 March 2016

  • Scotland is well placed in the UK regarding appraisal and medical revalidation rates. Due to the support and commitment from designated bodies and key partners, Scotland is on track to ensure that all doctors identified for revalidation during the first five-year cycle will have received a recommendation decision by 31 March 2018.

Published Date: 30 November 2016