Frequently asked questions
- What is revalidation and where does CPD sit?
- How can BMJ Masterclasses help me to prepare for appraisal and revalidation?
- How can I make the most of my learning before attending a BMJ Masterclass?
- How can BMJ Masterclasses help me to increase the impact of my learning and to collect impact credits after the course?
- Are BMJ Masterclasses 'accredited' for CME/CPD?
Revalidation started on the 3rd December 2012 and the GMC expect to revalidate the majority of licensed doctors for the first time by March 2016. You will have to renew your licence every 5 years as part of the revalidation process. You will be subject to a more rigorous annual appraisal which will include more reflection, proof of learning, multi-source feedback and patient surveys.
In addition, a system of 'credits' has been introduced by the RCGP as evidence of continued learning and its impact. Under this system GPs will need to gain 50 credits each year through various forms of learning (a total of 250 credits in each 5 year revalidation period). It is recommended that GPs use an electronic toolkit for their annual appraisals and record all their education, including the hours spent, to prepare for the credit system.
For every hour of education you will be awarded one credit, so for 6 hours of education at a BMJ Masterclass you should be able to claim 6 credits. However, the credit system is not based purely on time spent learning but also on the outcome of that learning.
The RCGP learning credit pilot suggests that GPs can double their learning credits if they can show that it had a high impact on their patients and practice. This will be done by self-assessment and will be verified at their appraisal - 97% of GPs who have attended a BMJ Masterclass have said they will change their practice as a result of their learning.
At a BMJ Masterclass, we provide all delegates with a 'track your learning' form that will help you to keep track of the impact of every session and to collect these extra credits.
Before attending you may wish to test and revise your knowledge by doing some relevant BMJ Learning modules as outlined in the email we send you before the event. You can also use Best Practice to research the latest evidence, and identify gaps in your knowledge and your learning needs.
How can BMJ Masterclasses help me to increase the impact of my learning and to collect impact credits after the course?
You may also wish to join doc2doc for further discussions on subjects covered on the day and thereby enhance their impact.
There is no formal system in the UK for accreditation of courses for GPs. It has been proposed that for the process of revalidation GPs will record the hours and impact of their educational activities, such as the BMJ Masterclass, to gain learning credits. The certificate you will receive after a BMJ Masterclass for GPs will state the hours of education delivered. These credits can then be increased after further reflection on the impact of the day. This will be done by self-assessment and will be verified at your appraisal.
BMJ Masterclasses for Physicians
BMJ Masterclasses for Physicians are accredited by the RCP. The system requires the CPD provider, such as BMJ Masterclasses, to state how many hours have been delivered.
Download our revalidation resources
BMJ Masterclasses guide to revalidation - featuring FAQs, a CPD tracker and tips on how to get the most out of BMJ Masterclasses. Published in January 2010.
NHS Revalidation Support Team website
Revalidation: A Statement of Intent document (joint statement published by the General Medical Council and the health departments of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales in October 2010)
Revalidation of Doctors document (Fourth Report of Session 2010–11, published by the House of Commons Health Committee)
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