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£1m boost for medical standards


8 October, 2008  

A new body to help ensure doctors in England meet standards of best practice has been granted £1 million, the chief medical officer has announced.

The NHS Revalidation Support Team will comprise a panel of senior doctors who will provide professionally informed leadership, support and advice to the NHS, patients and doctors’ representatives for the design and delivery of the process.

Revalidation is the mechanism by which doctors will have to demonstrate at regular intervals that they remain up to date and are fit to practise.

Confirming the formation of the implementation body, Sir Liam Donaldson said: “The news that the NHS Revalidation Support Team is now in place marks an important step forward in the process of introducing revalidation for doctors in England.

“Their expertise and experience will be a critical source of advice and support in making that happen. This is good news for the profession and good news for patients.”

Maurice Conlon, head of the new team, said: “We believe that, for revalidation to work, organisations must step outside their normal boundaries.

“We are proud of our track record of building consensus and are enthusiastic about working co-operatively for the benefit of patients and doctors alike.”

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