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The revalidation hub

What is revalidation?

What is the FOM’s policy on appraisals?

The appraisal policy can be found here [1]

“Revalidation is the process by which licensed doctors are required to demonstrate on a regular basis that they are up to date and fit to practise. Revalidation aims to give extra confidence to patients that their doctor is being regularly checked by their employer and the GMC.”

—The General Medical Council [2]

What is involved in revalidation?

You will be expected to participate in annual appraisal and will be required to collect information about your professional practice which demonstrates that you are practising to the appropriate standards. This supporting information will provide the basis for discussion at your annual appraisal. On the basis of the outcome of your appraisals, over a five year cycle, your RO will make a recommendation to the GMC as to whether you meet the criteria for revalidation.

Supporting information for revalidation

Supporting information is information which you will need to bring to your appraisal to demonstrate that you are up to date and fit to practise. You will need to maintain your supporting information in a portfolio of evidence, which should be populated throughout each appraisal year. The supporting information falls under four broad headings:

Since coming into force in December 2012, 25,000 doctors across the medical profession have been successfully revalidated. As of 1 January 2015, more than 150 of the 300+ doctors revalidating through the Faculty have been successfully revalidated.

All doctors must have a prescribed connection to a designated body which has appointed a Responsible Officer for the purposes of revalidation. As the Faculty is a designated body under the legislation, those doctors who have a prescribed connection to the Faculty can revalidate through us. If the Faculty is your designated body – due to your membership of the Faculty or your status as a Revalidating Subscriber –  there is an annual fee [3] to be paid and an Individual Agreement [4] must be signed and returned.