What is Revalidation?
Every GMC registered doctor is required to have their Licence to Practise revalidated every 5 years. This has the benefits of:
- Assuring patients and the public, employers and other healthcare professionals that licensed doctors are up-to-date and fit to practise.
- Supporting the doctor in maintaining and improving their practise.
Every doctor has to be connected to a designated body for revalidation purposes and has a Responsible Officer who makes a recommendation (to revalidate or defer) to the GMC by the due date.
Revalidation for Trainees
Revalidation applies to all trainees from Foundation Year 2 onwards.
We expect the vast majority of trainees to revalidate without any problems, as they are already closely supervised. The process for Revalidation for trainees is aimed at ensuring that employers and educational and clinical supervisors have a process to share information when needed, so that trainees can be best supported in their revalidation process.
The GMC has agreed that the ARCP process will be used as the vehicle by which doctors in training will revalidate and there is some new and amended paperwork to ensure all the areas required for revalidation are covered in ARCP.
Providing you are engaging with the ARCP/appraisal process and keeping your e-portfolio up to date there is nothing additional that you need to do.
Trainees will revalidate at CCT, and some trainees may also be revalidated part way through their training depending on the date that they have been given by the GMC. Please note that while CCT and revalidation are connected they are separate processes.
This is the organisation that supports you through the revalidation process. If you are a doctor in training with Health Education England working across the North West (HEE NW), HENW is your designated body.
If you are a doctor in training with HEE NW your Responsible Officer will be Professor Jane Mamelok.
Trainees are responsible for ensuring that they are connected to the correct designated body for the purposes of revalidation.
Providing you hold a Mersey (MER) or North Western (NWN) training number you should ensure that you remain connected to HENW as your designated body, and your Responsible Officer is Professor Mamelok. Please note that if you are on an Out of Programme (OOP) placement within another region of the UK, or in another country, and still retain your training number, your designated body remains HENW and your RO is Professor Mamelok.
You can do this by logging onto your GMC online account where you can check and amend your designated body and responsible officer details.
The documentation can be broadly grouped under the following headings:
- Information from Lead Employers/Host Trusts – trainees’ employers and the trusts which host them (as they rotate through the training programmes) will provide information about whether each trainee has been involved in any conduct, capability or formal serious untoward incidents/significant event investigations, or named in any complaints that could affect a trainee's fitness to practise and whether these have been resolved satisfactorily. Information relating to formal serious untoward incidents/significant event investigations, conduct, capability or complaints should be submitted by the trust on a live basis via the exception report to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that if there are any urgent or level 3 concerns (as per the Doctors and Dentists in Difficulty Guidance) please do not hesitate to contact the Associate Dean, Postgraduate Dean or Programme Support Coordinator (Professional Support) directly for advice.
- Information from Clinical/Educational Supervisor’s Reports – There are some new questions relating specifically to revalidation which the Royal Colleges have added to the templates in the portfolios. These should enable an educational supervisor to state they have not identified concerns that affect a trainee’s fitness to practise or to share concerns if required.
Information from the trainee – trainees will have to complete a Form R. This includes a self-declaration on scope of practice, significant events, complaints, compliments, probity and health. All trainees will have to provide this completed form prior to their ARCP each year.
All the above information will then feed into the ARCP panel and the panel will make a recommendation to the Responsible Officer of ‘there are no known current unresolved causes of concern’ OR ‘there are current known unresolved causes of concern’.
Key staff and contact details:
Professor Jane Mamelok Postgraduate Dean and Responsible Officer for all junior doctors in training in Health Education England working across the North West
Janet Brown Business Manager - Learner Support and Faculty Development
Dawn Alker Programme Support Coordinator (Professional Support)
Nichola Attwood Programme Officer (Revalidation)
All queries relating to revalidation should be emailed to the following address:
You should state:
- Your full name
- GMC number
The GMC website has a comprehensive section on the revalidation of doctors in training:
The GMC has a useful tool to enable you to establish your designated body and Responsible Officer: