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Can GPs working in secure environments in England re-license using the Royal College of General Practitioners revalidation proposals?

Coomber, Jane; Charlton, Rodger; Thistlethwaite, Jill E.; England, Liz

Authors

Jane Coomber

Rodger Charlton

Jill E. Thistlethwaite

Liz England

Abstract

Background
Revalidation for UK doctors is expected to be introduced from late 2012. For general practitioners (GPs), this entails collecting supporting information to be submitted and assessed in a revalidation portfolio every five years. The aim of this study was to explore the feasibility of GPs working in secure environments to collect supporting information for the Royal College of General Practitioners’ (RCGP) proposed revalidation portfolio.

Methods
We invited GPs working in secure environments in England to submit items of supporting information collected during the previous 12 months using criteria and standards required for the proposed RCGP revalidation portfolio and complete a GP issues log. Initial focus groups and initial and follow-up semi-structured face-to-face and telephone interviews were held to explore GPs’ views of this process. Quantitative and qualitative data were analysed using descriptive statistics and identifying themes respectively.

Results
Of the 50 GPs who consented to participate in the study, 20 submitted a portfolio. Thirty-eight GPs participated in an initial interview, nine took part in a follow-up interview and 17 completed a GP issues log. GPs reported difficulty in collecting supporting information for valid patient feedback, full-cycle clinical audits and evidence for their extended practice role(s) as sessional practitioners in the high population turnover custodial environment. Peripatetic practitioners experienced more difficulty than their institution based counterparts collating this evidence.

Conclusions
GPs working in secure environments may experience difficulties in collecting the newer types of supporting information for the proposed RCGP revalidation portfolio primarily due to their employment status within a non-medical environment and characteristics of the detainee population. Increased support from secure environment service commissioners and employers will be a prerequisite for these practitioners to enable them to re-license using the RCGP revalidation proposals.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 20, 2012
Journal BMC Family Practice
Electronic ISSN 1471-2296
Publisher Humana Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Issue 123
Institution Citation Coomber, J., Charlton, R., Thistlethwaite, J. E., & England, L. (2012). Can GPs working in secure environments in England re-license using the Royal College of General Practitioners revalidation proposals?. BMC Family Practice, 13(123), doi:10.1186/1471-2296-13-123
DOI https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2296-13-123
Publisher URL http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2296/13/123
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

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