About revalidation: Supporting Information

Revalidation requires that doctors collect supporting information about their practice to discuss and reflect upon during their appraisals.

There are six types of supporting information which doctors need to collect:

  • Continuing professional development
  • Quality improvement activity
  • Significant events
  • Feedback from colleagues
  • Feedback from patients
  • Review of complaints and compliments

Doctors do not need to include all 6 types of supporting information in their appraisal portfolio every year as feedback from patients and colleagues is only required once in each revalidation cycle.

Doctors record their supporting information in a portfolio, such as MARS in Wales and SOAR in Scotland or by using an interactive form such as the Medical Appraisal Guidance form from the now disbanded NHS Revalidation Support Team. In England, there are also a number of private providers of ePortfolios and various schemes by Royal Colleges.

The GMC provides more supporting information guidance and the Medical Royal Colleges and faculties have also produced guidance to support doctors in various specialties (including general practice). Their guidance can be accessed via the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges.

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