Revalidation is the way in which the General Medical Council (GMC) regulates licensed doctors, giving extra confidence to patients that their doctors are up to date and fit to practice. Licensed doctors will have to re-validate, usually every five years, by having regular appraisals that are based the GMC core guidance for doctors, Good Medical Practice. Revalidation will be introduced in December 2012, with the majority of licensed doctors being revalidated for the first time by the end of March 2016. Only doctors who have a licence to practice will need to re-validate.
- Provide a focus for doctors' efforts to maintain and improve their practice;
- Encourage the organisations in which doctors’ work to support them in keeping their practice up to date;
- Encourage patients and the public to provide feedback about the medical care they receive;
- Contribute to improving the quality of patient care and providing assurance to patients, the public and employers.
Sources of Information
The NHS Medical Revalidation Team in England has updated the Medical Appraisal Guide (MAG) (Apr 2016), read about the changes here. The Medical Appraisal Guide should be read in conjunction with GMC guidance setting out generic requirements for medical practice and appraisal in three main documents: