About revalidation

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Introduced in December 2012 by the General Medical Council, medical revalidation requires doctors practising in the UK to have their on-going fitness to practise re-affirmed every five years.

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As the UK’s medical regulator, the General Medical Council describes its role as helping ‘to protect patients and improve medical education and practice.’ Revalidation is one way in which it aims to fulfil that role.

Revalidation requires that doctors collect supporting information about their practice and attend an annual appraisal meeting to discuss their performance with an appraiser and reflect upon their supporting information.

Their appraiser reports a summary of the appraisal meeting to a Responsible Officer or, in a small number of cases, a suitable person.

The Responsible Officer is a role held by a senior doctor within a designated body. A designated body is an organisation such as an NHS hospital Trust, NHS England, for GPs in England, or a Health Board or any other main employer of the doctor. Trainees are linked to their Local Education and Training Board (LETB) in England or a deanery in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Every fifth year, the Responsible Officer makes a revalidation recommendation to the General Medical Council about each individual doctor connected to their designated body.

The General Medical Council then decides whether to revalidate the doctor.

This five year cycle will continue throughout the doctor’s career.

Learn more about the history of revalidation

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