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FPH welcomes start of checks for public health professionals

The Faculty of Public Health (FPH) has welcomed the announcement that revalidation, a process that checks that doctors are fit to practise, will begin from today (3 December).

The General Medical Council (GMC) is now able to accept recommendations from Responsible Officers about individual doctors’ fitness to practise. FPH, which is the professional home for over 3,000 public health specialists, calls on all of its members to ensure they have the necessary information to take part in this vital process.

Professor Lindsey Davies, President of the Faculty of Public Health, said: "Revalidation is very important because it gives the public confidence in the professionals who are making decisions about their health on their behalf. We know that many of our members are faced with considerable challenges at the moment and some may feel they have little time for revalidation.

However, for most FPH members, revalidation should be a logical extension of the appraisals they already go through. The systems and process that make it happen are set out by law and have been in place for some time now.

"Given that public health specialists come from both medical and non-medical backgrounds, not all of our members will be affected by revalidation yet. However, today's announcement should be a reminder to all public health professionals a reminder to keep their knowledge and skills up to date."

Written: 03/12/2012 , last modified: 14/03/2013