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Elements of Revalidation

Preparing for revalidation

With the introduction and operation of revalidation, we have produced a guide called Preparing for Revalidation.  The guide is written specifically for doctors using the Faculty’s Responsible Officer.

In addition all Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties have been working with the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) and General Medical Council (GMC) to provide generic guidance on the supporting information required by all doctors for appraisal and revalidation. Where appropriate, each College and Faculty has also recommended guidance specific to their specialty and we have done this for Occupational Medicine.

Six types of information to discuss and collect for appraisal

There are six types of supporting information that you will be expected to provide and discuss at your annual appraisal although some need only be presented once in each five year cycle. They are:

  • Continuing professional development (evidence of this should be provided annually, for discussion at appraisal)
  • Quality improvement activity (the frequency of this depends upon what type of quality improvement activity you undertake and should be discussed with your appraiser)
  • Significant events (these should be logged annually, for discussion at appraisal)
  • Feedback from colleagues (this should take place at least once during the revalidation cycle and before your first revalidation date)
  • Feedback from patients (where applicable, this should also take place at least once during the revalidation cycle and before your first revalidation date)
  • Review of complaints and compliments (these should be logged annually, for discussion at appraisal)

By providing all six types of supporting information over the revalidation cycle you should, through reflection and discussion at your appraisal have demonstrated your practice against all the domains and attributes of Good Medical Practice. This will make it easier for your appraiser to complete your appraisal summary, as your appraisal summary is structured around the four domains.

All four domains and 12 attributes are listed in separate guidance, Good Medical Practice Framework for appraisal and revalidation, which you should familiarise yourself with:


When gathering your supporting information, you should also refer to the GMC pages:


It is not necessary to map supporting information directly against each GMC attribute; however some doctors may prefer to do this and some appraisers may find it useful to structure the appraisal interview in this way.

It is the quality not the quantity of supporting information which counts!

You should select your supporting information carefully. It is the quality, rather than the quantity which the appraiser and RO will want to see. With the introduction of revalidation, if you have a suitable piece of supporting information relating to your current scope of work from within the last five years, at the discretion of your appraiser, it may be acceptable to include it as supporting information for your appraisal.