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Bluecross launches the first training programme for Doctor Revalidation & Appraisal

10 October 2012

Staffing agencies under the NHS Procurement Frameworks have a duty to provide annual appraisal to enable locum doctors to Revalidate every five years. “If you are a locum doctor you do not get any help from the NHS and are expected to fund this yourself so we have decided that we will support our registered doctors in every way we can” says Suresh Pithiya, CEO and Founder of Bluecross Locums.

In an unusual step for a staffing agency Bluecross has laid on the courses that have full CPD accreditation to enable doctors to gain points for their annual appraisal which goes towards their Revalidation. All licensed doctors will need to be Revalidated by March 2016 under the new GMC regulations and the time starts ticking from this month. In partnership with Radcliffe Learning the courses cover a range of non clinical topics which can be taken as a blended package through e-learning solutions, books and face to face courses.

To launch the new programme, Bluecross together with their partner Radcliffe Learning, staged a Revalidation awareness programme for all their working doctors “The feedback we received was amazing. The shocking truth is that the NHS rely on locums to staff their desperately short rotas, yet they will not help in any way to keep them compliant, despite locum doctors needing more compliance under the Framework Agreements than a substantive member of staff” says Pithiya. Initial feedback from doctors showed the Bluecross initiative to be most welcome and something not generally available in the market.

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