Background of Research

The UMbRELLA study seeks to understand what is happening at all levels of the revalidation process during its first cycle.

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You can learn more about our study design by looking at our approach to evaluating revalidation.

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The research is based upon an evaluation framework designed by the Collaboration for the Advancement of Medical Education Research and Assessment (CAMERA) research team at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, led by Dr Julian Archer. The framework was built following literature reviews and a series of interviews and focus groups with key stakeholders in revalidation. These methods aimed to establish how revalidation might be impacting in practice and what was needed in any evaluation of the process and what methods might be used.

A key finding from the framework development process was that it was very difficult to identify clearly defined outcome measures which might be used to evaluate the ‘success’ or ‘failure’ of revalidation. Instead it became clear that appraisal lies at the heart of revalidation and it is only by “opening the door on appraisal” that we will begin to understand what is happening.

The UMbRELLA evaluation study design adapts and extends the origin framework. In particular, we have included more secondary analyses of existing datasets, facilitated by the involvement in the study of the Wales Deanery, NHS Education for Scotland and Health Improvement Scotland. We have also incorporated a strengthened focus on demographics and protected characteristics to interrogate whether revalidation is operating with parity for all doctors, as well as on Patient and Public Involvement in revalidation.

The research is being undertaken by a UK-wide collaboration, including academics and revalidation implementers. You can see more information about the team by going to about us.

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