23 July 2008
Revalidation of doctors represents an important shift in how standards and oversight of the surgical profession are managed. The College welcomes this new report from the Chief Medical Officer which adds greater clarity to how this is to be structured.
However, some questions remain unanswered - particularly on how a surgeon’s specialist skills will be assessed and how the process will be assured. For surgeons and patients to be confident in the revalidation process there needs to be an external professional voice and the college and specialty associations, who will be developing the standards against which surgeons will be assessed.
The CMO report is available on the Department of Health website