The GMC introduced Revalidation in 2012 for licensed doctors practising in the UK. Revalidation requires doctors to demonstrate that they are up-to-date and fit to practice.
This process ensures that the GMC and the doctor’s employer are regularly checking standards, giving greater confidence to patients.
Licensed doctors are required to have regular appraisals based on good medical practice which assist employers and the GMC to revalidate doctors, allowing the doctor to continue to hold a license to practice. Revalidation occurs once every five years, the date of which will be determined by the GMC and, in most cases, will be before April 2016.
Appraisals need to cover the whole of a doctor’s practice and supporting information will need to be collected across all practices. This needs to demonstrate that a doctor is meeting professional standards in everyday practice and this collation needs to be made by the doctor themselves. The GMC provide a framework to assist with appraisals.
Revalidation recommendations are the responsibility of a ‘designated body’ – an organisation that has a working connection with the doctor. A doctor’s designated body can be determined by using GMC’s tool and will be shown on a doctor’s GMC online account.