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What is available for OOH GPs?

What is available for OOH GPs?

Working with the collaboration of your OOH employing organisation

If you are in an OOH organisation that provides or supports educational activities, you may be able to:

  • attend protected time practice learning events
  • be included in their audit projects or attend audit meetings
  • take part in SEA meetings
  • take part in child protection meetings
  • take part in a deaths review
  • take part in a complaints review
  • join a small study group of your peers

Multi-Source Feedback and Patient Surveys (both are required for Revalidation)

You will need to ask for your OOH organisation's help with your MSF. All doctors have to do one every five years, and OOH employers should be sympathetic to your need to get feedback for Revalidation.

You will also need to get feedback from working there using a patient satisfaction survey, and again they will usually be undertaking surveys as part of their own accountability - ask to be included in obtaining personal feedback.

I'm not sure whether they want to involve me?

Many OOH organisations already offer employees some involvement in learning activities which can help them to improve their knowledge and skills. It may involve slightly more work for them, but it has benefits for their service.

The RCGP and the BMA both recommend that doctors working out of hours should be given the opportunity to learn from their work - for example the outcome of referrals that they have made.

If you are an infrequent employee you may feel particularly vulnerable if someone makes a complaint about you: if there is an opportunity to be involved in an SEA arising from the complaint, ask if you can attend.

It is always in the interests of the employer to help those who work for them to learn and improve: this makes for better patient care, and reduces the risk that any work you do for them might have adverse consequences. If they seem reluctant, you might find a tactful way to say this.

For the future

This Toolkit is still under development, and it is intended to evolve as Revalidation develops. The authors hope that doctors who work out of hours will contribute additional ideas and topics for their peers to use.  If you would like to share your experience with colleagues, please email


This page was last updated on: 27/04/2021