Revalidation FAQ

Most popular questions

How do I revalidate if I do not have a designated body or suitable person?

I have only limited/brief patient contact. What should I do about getting patient feedback?

I have no patient contact at all. What can I do?

I work in private practice and do no work within the NHS. How do I revalidate?

I am registered with the GMC and I have a licence to practise, but I practise entirely outside of the UK. How will I revalidate?

General questions

What is the purpose of revalidation?

How will revalidation work?

Does revalidation affect my specialist registration or GMC registration

Will there be a required minimum number of clinical sessions that doctors must undertake in order to revalidate?

Appraisal

How do I confirm my prescribed connection to a designated body and Responsible Officer?

The other route to revalidation

How do I get an appraisal? Can I choose my appraiser?

Should appraisers be of the same specialty?

I have had no recent appraisals and my CPD is not up to date. What should I do?

What happens if I cannot collect all of the pieces of supporting information specified? Can I bring other items instead of or in addition to those listed?

What information can I expect my employer to provide for the purposes of my appraisal and revalidation?

Supporting information

Are doctors in my specialty required to collect patient feedback for the purposes of revalidation – even if there are specialty specific challenges?

I have no patient contact at all. What can I do?

If I change my specialty or field of practice mid-way through a revalidation cycle, will this affect my ability to revalidate?

If I start in a new specialty, or return to a specialty after a period of no active practice, what will I have to do?

I work across different specialties or I am a GP but also practice in a secondary care specialty. How will revalidation work for me?

How do I demonstrate that my skills and knowledge are up to date in my specialty?

How should I collect information on significant events (SUIs)?

How should I collect information on complaints and compliments?

Is there guidance for collecting supporting information for Medical Examiners?

What evidence in addition to clinical audit can I use to provide evidence of “quality improvement activity”?

Information for doctors in training

How will I revalidate as a trainee?

Locum & independent practice

I work in private practice and do no work within the NHS. How do I revalidate?

I am a locum doctor and work in different settings - I don’t have a ‘substantive post’. How do I revalidate?

I do not have any connection with a designated body. What can I do?

Non clinical & medico-legal doctors

I work in exclusively in a non-clinical role/do not directly treat patients. How do I revalidate?

I am a clinical academic. How should I revalidate?

I am retired and no longer treat patients. My practice is limited to writing medico-legal reports as an expert medical witness. Do I need to revalidate, and if so, how can I do that?

I work in exclusively in a non-clinical role/do not directly treat patients. How do I revalidate?

I am a practising consultant, but I am applying for a research grant to pursue a project. Will this affect my revalidation?

I work for periods of time outside the UK doing volunteer work. How will this affect my ability to revalidate?

I am registered with the GMC and I have a licence to practise, but I practise entirely outside of the UK. How will I revalidate?

I work part time. How will this affect my revalidation?

Time out of practice

If I take a short career break (for example maternity leave), how will this affect my ability to revalidate?

What happens if I am out of work for 2 or 3 years before applying for another post?

Part time & retired doctors

Is there a guidance document on revalidation and retired doctors?

I have retired from the NHS but continue to work in an independent or voluntary capacity. Do I need to revalidate?

I have retired from active medical practice. If I continue to maintain CPD will that be sufficient for revalidation?

I am retiring in less than five years. Do I have to revalidate?

I am retired and no longer treat patients. My practice is limited to writing medico-legal reports as an expert medical witness. Do I need to revalidate, and if so, how can I do that?

I work part time. How will this affect my revalidation?

I am retired but undertaking some clinical practice. How will I revalidate?

Doctors practising abroad

I work for periods of time outside the UK doing volunteer work. How will this affect my ability to revalidate?

I am registered with the GMC and I have a licence to practise, but I practise entirely outside of the UK. How will I revalidate?

I work for short periods of time outside of the UK doing voluntary work but continue to work in the UK the majority of the time. How will this affect my ability to revalidate?

How do I restore my registration and/or licence to practise ?