As one of the signatories of the governance handbook we wanted to let you know that the General Medical Council has published a revised version of the handbook.
Aimed at organisations that employ, contract or oversee the practice of doctors in the UK the Effective clinical governance for the medical profession handbook is a helpful guide for leaders of healthcare organisations. It outlines the role that boards and governing bodies should play in ensuring effective clinical governance for doctors and how this can contribute to high quality patient care.
The handbook provides clearer advice about clinical governance processes for doctors including annual appraisal, managing concerns about doctors and pre-employment checks.
Please ensure that the revised handbook is shared with those responsible for clinical governance of doctors for your organisation, whether this is your internal human resources department, or the agencies or suppliers providing locum doctors.
The guide was first published in 2013, shortly after the introduction of revalidation – the process through which doctor’s show they’re giving good patient care and fit to practise. The changes address Sir Keith Pearson’s recommendation in his 2017 report Taking revalidation forward that the handbook should reflect learning and system developments from the first five years of revalidation.
Eight other organisations* across the UK including system regulators, system leads, and improvement bodies have worked together to update the handbook to ensure it’s applicable to the variety of different settings in which a doctor might work.
*The following organisations are signatories to the handbook: Care Quality Commission, Crown Commercial Service, Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Healthcare Inspectorate Wales, National Guardian, NHS England, NHS Improvement, Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority