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Revalidation is the process by which licensed doctors are
required to demonstrate on a regular basis that they are up to date
and fit to practise.
Revalidation aims to give extra confidence to patients that
their doctor is being regularly checked by their employer and the
GMC. Licensed doctors have to revalidate usually
every five years, by having an annual appraisal based on our core
guidance for doctors, Good medical
You need to ensure that your details are correct on your
Online account. This includes your contact details as well as your
connection to your designated body. If you do not have a connection
to a designated body, you will need to tell the GMC.
You need to partake in the appraisal process on an annual basis
and revalidation takes place every five years.
You must demonstrate, through appraisal, that you have collected
and reflected on stipulated supporting information to demonstrate
that you are continuing to meet the principles and values set out
in Good medical
This falls under four broad headings at every appraisal:
There are six types of supporting information that you will be
expected to provide and discuss at your appraisal at least once in
each five year cycle:
The nature of the supporting information will reflect your
particular specialist practice and your other professional roles.
Find out more about supporting information (pdf)
After every appraisal your appraisal document is sent by the
Wessex Appraisal Service (WAS) team to the NHS England South Wessex
Area Office for the responsible officer (RO) to see. Up to four
months prior to your revalidation date the RO will make a
recommendation on your fitness for revalidation and advise the
GMC. As long as you have fulfilled all the
requirements above you don’t have to do anything else. The ultimate
decision is with the GMC and they will advise you by email
whether you have revalidated.
If, for any reason, you have been unable to provide all of the
supporting information in time for your revalidation date the
recommend a deferral of up to 12 months.
If you wish to check that everything is in place for you to
revalidate then enquiries should be made to the Wessex Area Team:
What you need to do (pdf) | General Medical
Council | NHS
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