Health The extract below is taken in full from the gmc’s guidance Good Medical Practice Health If your health may put patients at risk




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The extract below is taken in full from the GMC’s guidance Good Medical Practice

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If your health may put patients at risk

59. If you know that you have a serious condition which you could pass on to patients, or that your judgement or performance could be significantly affected by a condition or illness, or its treatment, you must take and follow advice from a consultant in occupational health or another suitably qualified colleague on whether, and in what ways, you should modify your practice. Do not rely on your own assessment of the risk to patients.


60. If you think you have a serious condition which you could pass on to patients, you must have all the necessary tests and act on the advice given to you by a suitably qualified colleague about necessary treatment and/or modifications to your clinical practice.’
Procedure
1. The Annex below reproduces a proforma, which the GMC has tested extensively as part of the work to develop revalidation. It may be freely reproduced. [The NHS] believes that this proforma is a helpful tool for the collection of evidence for annual appraisal.
2. For revalidation purposes, it is sufficient to provide a self-declaration about how effectively you are ensuring that your personal health does not affect your fitness to practice medicine. You must disclose information that relates to your health over the whole of your current appraisal/revalidation cycle.

3. You are not obliged to use any of these proforma products as a revalidation self-declaration. You may, if you wish, present evidence of your health in some other way. However, the GMC have tested the profomas and know that they are suitable tools to use. As the GMC have not been able to test or verify the other products or formats that may be used, using them could increase the chance that you will be asked for additional information and/or evidence and might mean that your revalidation may take more time.


Guidance

4. Paragraphs 59 to 60 of Good Medical Practice above sets out some of the health obligations that you should consider when signing a declaration. There are other types of obligations/information that you should also consider for example your own assessment of your health and whether there are any formal or voluntary restrictions to your practice because of illness or a physical condition. This would include any conditions imposed by an employer or contractor of your services, any proceedings under the GMC’s Health Procedures or Health Committee or similar proceedings of other professional regulatory or licensing bodies within the UK or abroad.




Health Declaration:

Professional obligations

The GMC’s guidance Good Medical Practice and Serious communicable diseases says that if a doctor has a serious condition which they could pass on to patients or colleagues they must have any necessary tests and act on the advice given to them by a suitably qualified colleague about necessary treatment and/or modifications to their clinical practice. Moreover, if their judgement or performance could be significantly affected by a condition or illness, they must take and follow advice from a consultant in occupational health or another suitably qualified colleague on whether, and in what ways they should modify their practice.


I accept the professional obligations placed upon me in paragraphs 59 to 60 of Good Medical Practice and Serious communicable diseases.
Signature…………………………………………… Date…………………..

Name in capitals………………………………………………………………



Regulatory and voluntary proceedings

Since my last appraisal/revalidation I have not, in the UK or outside:




  • Been the subject of any health proceedings by the GMC or other professional regulatory or licensing body.




  • Been the subject of medical supervision or restrictions (whether voluntary or otherwise) imposed by an employer or contractor resulting from any illness of physical condition.

Signature…………………………………………… Date…………………..


Name in capitals………………………………………………………………

(Notes: If you are able to sign both of the above declarations then you do not need to complete the rest of the pro-forma below. However, if you are not able to sign both of the declarations above then you will need to complete the full pro-forma below.)



Health declaration pro-forma (To be completed if your are unable to sign the Health declaration)



Your own health
The GMC acknowledges that medicine can be a demanding profession and that doctors who become ill deserve help and support. Doctors also have to recognise that illness can impair their judgement and performance and thus put patients and colleagues at risk (this is particularly so in the case of psychiatric conditions, drug and alcohol abuse). The GMC therefore encourages doctors to reflect on their own health, seek professional advice if necessary and consider whether, for health related reasons, they should modify their professional activities.

1. Do you have any illness or physical condition that has since your last appraisal/revalidation1 resulted in your restricting or changing your professional activities?

Yes  No 
If yes, please give details of the changes in your professional activities which it is - or was - necessary for you make:
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Regulatory and voluntary proceedings
2. Are you - or have you been since your last appraisal/revalidation been the subject of any proceedings under the GMC’s Health Procedures or Health Committee or similar proceedings of other professional regulatory or licensing bodies within the UK or abroad?
Yes  No 

If yes, please give details:


………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
3. Are you currently or since your last appraisal/revalidation been subject to medical supervision, voluntary or otherwise, and/or any restrictions voluntary or otherwise, imposed by your employer or contractor resulting from any illness or physical condition within the UK or abroad?

Yes  No 

If yes, please give details:
………………………………………………………………………………………………………
………………………………………………………………………………………………………
………………………………………………………………………………………………………
………………………………………………………………………………………………………

4. All the information in this declaration is true to the best of my knowledge.


Signature ………………………………………………………..

Date ……………………………………………………….

Name in capitals ………………………………………………………………………





1 If this is your first appraisal and you have not yet gone through the process of revalidation then please fill in the pro-forma answering the questions as they apply to you at the current time.


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