In 2011-12 the NHS Revalidation Support Team (RST) led a large-scale Testing and Piloting project. This work built on the RST Pathfinder Pilots in 2010-11 and followed the Secretary of State for Health’s request for a further year of piloting in his letter to the General Medical Council in July 2010. In this letter, the Secretary of State set out an expectation that there should be a:
“clearer understanding of the costs, benefits and practicalities of implementation [of revalidation] so that it may be paced in a way that is affordable, supports high quality care and makes effective use of a doctor's time".
The objectives of the Testing and Piloting project in 2011-12 were to:
- Inform the implementation of revalidation
- Inform the development of guidance for doctors and designated bodies
- Provide information to inform the Department of Health (England)’s business case for revalidation.
Five reports have been produced on the following themes and can be downloaded from the RST website.
- Testing and Piloting: a summary of findings and learning
- Medical Appraisal Guide Pilot: Pilot results
- Public and patient involvement in revalidation
- Doctors in Training: a summary of findings
- Colleague and Patient Feedback Study