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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-14908: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 27 February 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the impact on NHS staff of the revalidation requirements that they must meet to demonstrate that they continue to be fit to practice, including the impact of this on retention, broken down by specialism.

Answered by: Shona Robison 13 March 2018

Requirements for revalidation vary between the nine regulatory bodies; however, the introduction of formal revalidation processes has been relatively recently introduced by the General Medical Council (GMC), Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and General Dental Council (GDC). NHS Healthcare Improvement Scotland undertakes a formal annual report in relation Medical Designated Bodies appraisal and revalidation completion rates and these are formally published. The NMC introduced revalidation in March 2016 with a three year rolling programme to ensure that all registered nurses and midwives on the NMC register have complied with the first tranche of revalidation. The Scottish Government is currently working together with the NMC, Department of Health and Social Security and the other devolved administrations to ensure that formal, independent evaluation of the progress of revalidation and its impact is monitored and measured.