Improvement Science London

Medical Revalidation

An evaluation of the implementation of medical revalidation in the UK.

Kieran Walshe - Professor of Health Policy & Management, University of Manchester

Niall Cameron - National Appraisal Advise, NHS Education for Scotland

Steven Wilson - Senior Programme Manager, Healthcare Improvement Scotland

Richard Wright - Revalidation Lead, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

Martin Roberts - Senior Psychometrician/Assessment Analyst, Plymouth University

Sam Regan de Bere - Lecturer in Medical Humanities, Plymouth University

Julian Archer- Senior Clinical Lecturer in Medical Education, Plymouth University

Mirza Lalani - Research Assistant, UCL

Mirza Lalani

Mirza Lalani is a Research Assistant at UCL in the department of primary care and population health. He is an experienced public health researcher in the final year of his PhD at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). He has an MSc in the Control of Infectious Diseases from LSHTM and an MPharm (hons) in Pharmacy from the University of Bradford.

His previous research projects have involved utilising mixed methods approaches to collecting and analysing data for the evaluation of health systems and health services in low and middle income settings. He also has experience of primary care in the UK having previously worked as a community pharmacist for 9 years.

He holds a part-time postgraduate teaching post at the University of London for taught and distance learning courses.

Mirza’s role on the project:

Mirza is a Research Assistant working with Professor Martin Marshall, Lead for Improvement Science London, and is a member of the UK-wide team. He is responsible for conducting the qualitative elements of the evaluation of the appraisal meetings and stakeholder interviews in London and the South East of England, including undertaking a thematic analysis of the data collected, with shared responsibility for the delivery of the whole project.

Martin Marshall- Professor Healthcare Improvement, UCL

Martin Marshall

Lead, Improvement Science London

Martin Marshall is Professor of Healthcare Improvement at UCL and leads Improvement Science London. Martin is leading the WELC evaluation.

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Project Summary:

The GMC have commissioned an evaluation of the implementation of revalidation in a UK-wide multi-centre study led by CAMERA (Collaboration for the Advancement of Medical Education, Research and Assessment) at the University of Plymouth; involving academics from UCL and the University of Manchester, as well as stakeholders in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The study will look at the long term impact of revalidation, focusing on four areas:

- the information doctors collect to support their medical appraisal

- the doctor’s medical appraisal

- how employers and the GMC make revalidation judgements and identify concerning practice

- the public and patient contribution to revalidation

The study will take into account the views of and input from the full range of participants in the revalidation process; from doctors themselves to their colleagues, their employers, senior doctors called ‘responsible officers’, and patients and members of the general public.

The evaluation design has seven work streams, comprising literature reviews, national surveys, analysis of routinely collected national data, audio-recording of appraisal meetings, interviews with stakeholders, documentary analysis and root cause analysis of appraisal documentation of doctors referred to the fitness practice procedures. The work will be delivered by a national ‘hub’ based in Plymouth and by 6 regional teams, 3 of which will cover England and one each in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.  Professor Martin Marshall is project lead for London and South East England and well as being a project-wide co-applicant.

Meet the full team on the Project website.


Start date:                         November 2014

Planned end date:           October 2017