10 Easy Steps to Doctor Revalidation

15th April 2016

All licensed doctors to the GMC must revalidate in every five years. They have to demonstrate on a regular basis that they are fit to practice in their field and are up to date to the ongoing new technologies. It will show that the doctor continues to meet the entire professional standard set by the GMC on its new core guidance, Good Medical Practice.

Here are 10 easy steps that a doctor will need to take for their registration revalidation.

  1. Register on GMC Online
  2. Confirm your responsible officer
  3. Get a date from the GMC
  4. Find out the local appraisal format
  5. Gather supporting information
  6. Prepare for appraisal
  7. Participate in appraisal
  8. Sign-off appraisal
  9. Repeat steps 5-8 every year
  10. Receive your revalidation confirmation from the GMC 
  1. Register on GMC Online

You need to sign up in GMC website in order to revalidate your license to the GMC. Go to GMC website

  1. Confirm your responsible officer

Most doctors can find their responsible officer at their work place. Most likely it’s your specialty head or senior who is registered to the GMC. If you are unable to identify one, please go through your GMC Online account.

  1. Get a date from the GMC 

Your first revalidation should be in between April 2013 and March 2016. GMC will provide you with the date by the end of January 2013. If not, please contact to the GMC.

  1. Find out the local appraisal format

Under the supervision of your responsible officer, you will need to take part in your regular appraisal. He/she will clarify how the appraisal will work for you and whether you will need to use any other particular forms.

  1. Gathering supporting information
  • You should begin to gather supporting information and evidences that show how you are meeting the professional values set out in Good Medical Practice Framework for Appraisal and Revalidation. As explained in the GMC ‘s guidance Supporting Information for Appraisal and Revalidation, you will need to collect six types of supporting information.
  • The organization where you work may also be able to help by compiling clinical data about you. You can also gather information through the feedback and questionnaires from your patients and your colleagues.
  • Gathering information may take time, thus it is advised to start collecting it early to avoid the possible deferral of your recommendation decision.
  1. Prepare for appraisal
  • Reflect how you are meeting the principles and values set out in the Good Medical Practice Framework for Appraisal and Revalidation.
  • The four domains includes considering your:
    1. Supporting information
    2. Scope and nature of work
    3. Previous Personal Development Plan (PDP)
    4. Achievements, challenges and aspirations

For further detail, read Medical Appraisal Guide.

  1. Participate in appraisal
  • Appraisal meeting is a close called discussion with a trained appraiser who will guide, support and constructively challenge you. He/she will review the supporting information and commentary you have provided.
  • This must cover all your professional practice and should be based on the GMC Good Medical Practice Framework for Appraisal and Revalidation.
  1. Sign-off appraisal 

After your appraisal meeting you and your appraiser must agree to a new Personal Development Plan (PDP) with a written summary of the appraisal discussion. Your appraiser must make a series of statements to the responsible officer then inform your revalidation recommendation in time.

  1. Repeat steps 5-8 every year
  1. Receive your revalidation confirmation from the GMC

If you do not have any unaddressed concerns about your practice while taking the above undertaken steps from 1-9, your responsible officer will make a positive recommendation about you to the GMC.

Once the GMC receives a recommendation, it will then decide whether to continue (revalidate) your license and notify you with the decision.