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27 January 2010 at 14:33

Issued on behalf of:

Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
Mersey Care NHS Trust
Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust
Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Six Merseyside NHS trusts are at the forefront of new MoT-style checks for the UK’s 231,000 doctors, it was announced today.

The trusts will assess how the scheme, known as revalidation, works in practice before it is rolled out across the country. Once fully implemented it will provide extra reassurance for patients that the doctor who is treating them is keeping up to date and has all the skills and competencies necessary to do a good job.

The trusts are:

• Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
• Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
• Mersey Care NHS Trust
• Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
• Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust
• Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

They are one of 10 consortia taking part in the pilot programme nationally and the only one in the North West.

The revalidation scheme was agreed by the General Medical Council (GMC) and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges following a government White Paper, Trust, Assurance and Safety, which detailed a programme for the reform of the regulation of healthcare professionals in the UK.

The scheme demands doctors are relicensed to practice every five years. Relicensing will be underpinned by mandatory annual reviews which will draw on a full range of performance measures such as prescribing habits, and feedback from patients and colleagues.

Specialist practitioners, including consultants, will also be required to show they still meet the particular standards relating to their area of practice under a second element know as recertification.

General practitioners, who are not included in the Merseyside consortia but in others nationally, will also be covered by the same system.

The scheme will be overseen at each hospital trust by a “responsible officer” who will ensure all elements of revalidation are implemented.

Mohsen Iskander, responsible officer and medical director at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, said: “Revalidation will not only become an important support mechanism for doctors in terms of their continuing professional development but benefit patients too by assuring and improving the quality of care.”



Notes for editors

Secretary of State Andy Burnham’s statement can be found at www.dh.gov.uk/en/News/Recentstories/DH_111516


Issued by Tony Ellis, marketing and communications manager,
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Tel 01704 704494 | Mobile 07599 754833
tony.ellis@southportandormskirk.nhs.uk