Revalidation

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Revalidation FAQs

Answers to your revalidation FAQs.

 

Frequently asked questions

  • How will I be informed about my revalidation date?

    Usually once every five years your responsible officer or suitable person will make a revalidation recommendation about you to the GMC.

    The GMC will send you your revalidation submission date three months before the date and the date will be recorded in your GMC Online account. Your responsible officer or suitable person will be notified via GMC Connect.

    For further information go to The timing of recommendations

    It is your responsibility to keep your connection details up to date on your GMC Online account. Your connection details for revalidation are your designated body and responsible officer or suitable person. 

    For further information go to Find your connection for revalidation

  • How will I receive confirmation of my revalidation?

    You will receive a letter from the GMC stating that you have been revalidated.

     

  • Is there a IT system to support my revalidation?

    There are separate arrangements in each nation.

    In England there is not a standard, unified national computerised system for appraisal and information management.

    In Scotland, SOAR is the electronic platform used by primary and secondary care doctors.

    In Northern Ireland, various models are being considered including the SOAR system.

    In Wales there is a single unified electronic system called the Medical Appraisal and Revalidation System (MARS) which is available for all doctors.

  • I am currently working abroad for a year - will this affect my revalidation?

    As long as your are maintaining your portfolio, gathering evidence and able to meet the criteria for revalidation by your revalidation date, a year abroad should not have a huge impact.

    Discuss this with your RO as some of the evidence you are collecting from overseas may not be sufficient to meet the UK requirements, as you are being revalidated on your UK practice only.

    It is possible that if you do not have all of the evidence by your revalidation date, your RO will suggest you defer for up to one year to allow you more time to gather this information. You may also consider relinquishing your licence for the time that you are abroad and restore it once you are back in the UK.

    Read GMC revalidation recommendation statements

    Read GMC guidance on relinquishing your licence to practice

     

  • Should I leave a gap between my appraisal and revalidation?

    There is no set amount of time to leave between these two events as your appraiser makes the recommendation to your Responsible Officer (RO). However you may want to give yourself a few months between your last appraisal before your revalidation, in case you need to compile more evidence.

     

  • Can I use evidence from my training if it was in the past five years?

    During your first revalidation cycle, you may not have five years of qualified service to gather evidence from. Appraisers and ROs should be aware of this so discuss your individual situations with them to get an idea of what you can and cannot include as evidence.

     

  • Can CPD points help my revalidation?

    The GMC says they do not require doctors to have a specific number of hours or credits of continuing professional development (CPD).

    The GMC website states:

    'As the regulator, we are interested in the impact of doctors' learning and development and how that contributes to improving patient safety and the quality of care provided by doctors and the teams in which they work.

    How much CPD someone needs and what CPD activities are appropriate, will be different for each doctor. For this reason we have not set a specific number of CPD credits or hours as a requirement for revalidation nor have we attempted to prescribe the content of doctors' CPD activities.

    Read more about why we have not specified hours or credits for CPD in our consultation on our role in Continuing Professional Development. You can also find more information about how we developed our outcomes-based approach to CPD in the final report 'Review of the GMC's Role in Doctors' Continuing Professional Development'.'

     

  • How do I calculate and claim CPD points?

    CPD credits tend to be awarded by Royal Colleges. It is best to check with your specific college to clarify how they calculate their points.

     

  • What are Quality Improvement Activities?

    For non-standard GPs, such as locum and salaried GPs, and those who work in out-of-hours, walk-in-centres or similar environments, including the clinical audit information under the Review of Practice can be difficult.

    GPs who feel that it would not be feasible for them to participate in clinical audit activity should produce alternative evidence of quality improvement activities and discuss this with their appraiser.

    For such GPs, the RCGP has identified a range of alternative approaches to enable them to demonstrate evidence of quality improvement activities, which if conducted properly, should not be considered of any less value to conventional audit activity.

    Read the RCGP guidance on Quality Improvement

     

  • Are reflective thoughts always required for CPD and Quality Improvement Activities?

    No, reflection isn't always required however, in some cases a quick reflection may help to explain your thoughts or outcomes regarding these events or your future actions.

     

  • For a part-time sessional GP, how many clinical sessions per year are required to revalidate?

    Revalidation assesses your fitness to practice as a doctor and the GMC has no requirements that relate to the number of sessions you need to work in any role. 

    The GMC expects you to reflect on how you keep up to date at what you do, review your practice and be able to show that it remains safe and to receive and respond to feedback from colleagues and patients about what you do for any part of your scope of practice regardless of how little time is spent on it. 

    RCGP myth: I need to undertake a minimum number of GP sessions to revalidate

    In 2018 NHS England published new revalidation guidance for GPs. This is a collaborative work between the RO network, GMC, RCGP and the BMA, with the intention to provide clarity and reassurance to doctors on the NHS England Medical Performers List on their professional requirements when undertaking a low volume of work of NHS general practice clinical work. This is defined as fewer than 40 sessions per annum.