Every five years, licensed doctors are required to demonstrate that they are up-to-date and fit to practice through a process called Revalidation. This is designed to increase patient confidence, improve the overall quality of care and support your continuing professional development.
How does revalidation work?
1. Identify your Designated Body
Firstly, you will need to identify the ‘designated body’ that will help you with revalidation. Typically, this is the organisation through which you do the most of your work, e.g. your hospital, GP practice or locum agency. If the majority of your work throughout the year is booked through Holt Doctors, we are potentially your designated body. If you think this is the case, contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on how to identify your designated body, click here
2. Arrange your annual appraisals
A ‘Responsible Officer’ from your designated body will arrange annual appraisals which are based on the core guidance for doctors, set out in the Good Medical Practice (GMP). Appraisals focus on four main areas:
1. Knowledge, skills and performance
2. Safety and quality
3. Communication, partnership and teamwork
4. Maintaining trust
Essentially, the appraisal process is there to help you monitor your performance, evidence that you are up-to-date and fit to continue to practice, enable you to reflect on the supporting information you have collected (see below) and identify areas for practice development.
3. Collect Supporting Information
Once in every five year revalidation cycle, you will need to collect Multi Source Feedback (MSF) from your patients and colleagues. We would suggest using a company called CFEP UK Surveys
to do this on your behalf. We do however have templates that our connected doctors can use, please email email@example.com
for more info.
4. Engage in Continuing Professional Development & Quality Improvement Activity
More information can be found here
Based on the feedback from your appraisals as well as other information drawn from your designated body, every 5 years your responsible officer will make a recommendation to the GMC that your license should be revalidated.
Finally, the GMC will carry out its own series of checks, after which your license will be revalidated and you will be able to continue to practice.