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Key players in revalidation

Doctors often assume the General Medical Council (GMC) is the sole body responsible for revalidation.

However, a number of organisations have been cooperating for years to introduce the system, with responsibility for different areas.

The GMC is responsible for

  • Providing guidance on the professional values and principles (based on Good Medical Practice) that doctors need to show they are meeting in their annual appraisal 
  • Agreeing the supporting information that every doctor needs to bring to appraisal to show they are meeting those professional values 
  • Developing the secondary legislation that underpins the process (the Licence to Practise and Revalidation regulations)
  • Providing the mechanism that enables responsible officers to make recommendations to the GMC, and providing guidance on the criteria for making those recommendations 
  • Overseeing the delivery of revalidation at a UK level


The Department of Health is responsible for

  • Deciding when to commence the legislation that enabled revalidation to begin. This was the responsibility of the health secretary. 
  • Ensuring revalidation is affordable, cost effective and right for doctors, patients and the health sector 
  • Funding and assuring the work of the NHS Revalidation Support Team 
  • Responsible officer regulations and guidance in England


The National Revalidation Delivery Boards (one in each nation) were responsible for

  • Overseeing the changes to relevant legislation and regulations 
  • Ensuring there were local systems required to support the introduction of revalidation


The NHS Revalidation Support Team is responsible for:

  • Supporting designated bodies and responsible officers in England in preparing for revalidation with training, guidance and tools 
  • Providing support networks for responsible officers 
  • Producing clear and effective guidance for medical appraisal in England 
  • Providing evidence of the costs, benefits and practicalities of implementation, to ensure that revalidation supports high quality care and is cost-effective and efficient


NHS Employers is responsible for:

  • Obtaining and acting on local feedback about the preparation and roll-out process 
  • Encouraging joint working of responsible officers with senior managers and the wider HR team to provide the necessary local support for successful revalidation 
  • Providing up-to-date implementation advice, as required, to employers in the NHS, the GMC, the DH and other partners


The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges is responsible for

  • Facilitating the work of the medical royal colleges and faculties, in particular the development of specialty-specific guidance on supporting information 
  • Helping medical royal colleges and faculties to deliver consistent training and advice on standards of practice in respect of each specialty


The Revalidation Implementation Advisory Board oversees revalidation at a national level and is accountable to the GMC council. The BMA has a seat on this board.