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NCAS welcomes Health Select Committee’s report into Revalidation

8 February 2011

 

The National Clinical Assessment Service (NCAS) has strongly welcomed today’s report from the Health Select Committee, and its focus on the complex area of dealing with concerns about practice which emerge through revalidation.

 

The report, called Revalidation of Doctors – Fourth Report of Session 2010-11, highlighted the need for strong systems to be put in place as well as clarity for responsible officers on how they should deal with concerns about the practice of doctors emerging from revalidation systems as they are put in place.

 

NCAS has been bringing expertise to the resolution of concerns about professional practice in health services for the past 10 years.   In addition to its direct support of the management of individual cases, it has built up a comprehensive range of supporting material and educational programmes aimed at helping health services predict, prevent, identify and manage concerns in a way which helps resolve the concern before patient safety is compromised.

 

Director of NCAS, Professor Alastair Scotland, explained: “For the past decade, we at NCAS have focused our work on addressing the very issues this report discusses.  We believe strongly that any concern about practice which arises must be handled as quickly and as close to the practice of the individual doctor as possible.   That will ensure a fair process for the doctor, assurance that the front line service they are part of is supported and, most important of all, that patients are safe and the public is protected.

  

“I also very much welcome the emphasis that this report places on ensuring the process is as streamlined and simple as it can be, and that it becomes so central to clinical practice that every doctor will see revalidation as an integral part of their professional life”. 

  

Professor Scotland added:  “As revalidation systems are put in place and as we gain even more experience, we should expect that potential problems in practice will be identified much earlier, before it is too late for the doctor and, much more importantly, for patients and the public”.

 

 For more information about the work of NCAS, please visit www.ncas.nhs.uk

 

 

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Notes to editors

 

 

1.   NCAS provides general and specialist advice to help organisations address concerns about the practice of individual dentists, doctors or pharmacists or, in some cases, of practice teams. NCAS also undertakes formal assessment of practitioners.

 

2.   NCAS is currently a division of the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA). In July 2010, the Department of Health published its review of Arm’s Length Bodies – Liberating the NHS: Report of the arms-length bodies review. Although the report announced abolition of NPSA, it did stipulate that NCAS functions are to continue.  NCAS services will continue to remain free to NHS organisations until the service becomes self funding – expected within two-three years.

 

3.   For other information about this press release, please contact Simon Morgan, Senior Communications Manager, on 0207 062 1631/07500 224240 or e-mail smorgan@ncas.nhs.uk