What is Revalidation?
Medical revalidation is the process by which the General Medical Council (GMC) confirms the continuation of a doctor’s licence to practise in the UK. The aim is to support doctors in their professional development, helping to improve quality, patient safety and public confidence in the profession. It ensures that doctors are up to date and maintaining their fitness to practise. Every fully registered doctor needs to revalidate every 5 years, and this includes doctors in foundation year two and specialty training, up to and including their grace period.
How does it work for Trainees?
All licensed doctors are connected to a ‘Designated Body’ and a ‘Responsible Officer’. For trainees within the Oxford Deanery this is Health Education Thames Valley and the Postgraduate Dean, Dr Bannon, is your Responsible Officer (RO).
For trainees ARCP (or RITA) is the route through which revalidation and fitness to practice is considered alongside review of training.
Supporting Information / Evidence is obtained from within the training programme requirements.
ARCP panels review revalidation information (Form R declaration, Employer Exit Report, Educational Supervisor report) and agree if there are any concerns which need highlighting to the RO.
When the trainee is due for revalidation (usually at the time of CCT), the RO will make one of three recommendations to the GMC (Positive, Deferral and, on rare occasions, Non-Engagement)
What do I need to do?
•Ensure your designated body on GMC Online is listed as Health Education Thames Valley and your RO is Michael Bannon
•Know when your revalidation date is (this can be found on your GMC Online account)
•Engage with your training programme requirements and ensure you meet the professional values set out in Good medical practice
•Complete your Form R correctly and within the deadline set by the Specialty School Manager.
•Declare any new or on-going significant events, complaints, conduct or other concerns
•Ensure your e-portfolio clearly demonstrates reflection and learning from these
•Declare ALL non-training clinical activity/work (anything that requires you to be a doctor to do it)
•Discuss any non-training clinical activity/work with your Educational Supervisor – they must sign off the WSOP (wider scope of practice) local form in addition to your Form R.
Where can I get more information?
Health Education Thames Valley has a dedicated web space for Revalidation which includes relevant documentation and supporting information.
The Revalidation Team is happy to advise on any queries, they can be contacted via
Dr Andrew Cooney – Associate Dean for Revalidation, Lisa Edwards – Revalidation Manager, Harry Meacher – Revalidation Management Support Administrator