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Information for doctors in training

This page is for trainee doctors and provides information about their revalidation.

Revalidation started on 3 December 2012. Every doctor who is fully registered with a licence to practise needs to revalidate. This includes doctors in foundation year two and specialty training.

How you will revalidate

As a doctor in foundation or specialty training, you will revalidate in a similar way to other licensed doctors. Your ‘responsible officer’ will make a recommendation to us that you are up to date, fit to practise and should be revalidated.

Download our leaflet Information for doctors in training (pdf), for more information about how you will revalidate. 

Your designated body

Your responsible officer will be in the organisation that is supporting you with revalidation. This organisation is called your ‘designated body’:

  • If you are a trainee in England, your designated body is your Local Education and Training Board (LETB), known as for example, Health Education East Midlands. Your responsible officer is the responsible officer for your LETB. See a list of all LETBs in England.
  • If you are a trainee and your programme is managed by the Defence Postgraduate Medical Deanery or the Pharmaceutical Medicine Deanery, your designated body is that deanery and your responsible officer is your postgraduate dean at your deanery.
  • If you are a trainee in Scotland, your designated body is NHS Education for Scotland. Your responsible officer is the medical director for NHS Education for Scotland.
  • If you are a trainee in Wales, your designated body is the Wales Deanery. Your responsible officer is your postgraduate dean.
  • If you are a trainee in Northern Ireland, your designated body is the Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency (NIMDTA). Your responsible officer is your postgraduate dean. 

You can check the name of your designated body and responsible officer by visiting the 'My Revalidation' section of your GMC Online account.

Supporting information

Licensed doctors will need to collect supporting information to show how they are meeting our professional standards in their daily practice.

As a doctor in training, you will be generating this information to meet the requirements of your curriculum and training programme. Where your training programme does not require you to routinely collect items of supporting information, you are not expected to go beyond the requirements of your training programme to collect this.

Recommending you for revalidation

Your responsible officer, will base their recommendation about you on your participation in the Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) process or its equivalent the Record of In-Training Assessment (RITA).

When you will revalidate

We worked with responsible officers to set the first date of revalidation for all doctors in a training programme when revalidation started on 3 December 2012.

Download our leaflet Information for doctors in training (pdf), for more information about how we did this.

The point at which you revalidate as a doctor in training will depend on how long your training lasts:

  • If your training lasts less than five years, your first revalidation will be at the point of eligibility for CCT.
  • If your training lasts longer than five years, you will be revalidated five years after you gained full registration with a licence to practise, and again at the point of eligibility for CCT.

When a trainee’s revalidation date is based on their CCT date, we set their revalidation date 60 days after the CCT date because we know that CCT dates can move.

Changes to your CCT date

If your expected CCT date moves this means the date of your revalidation may no longer align to your CCT date. You do not need to worry if this happens. Nearer the time of your revalidation, we will work with your responsible officer, to adjust your date to bring it back into line with your expected CCT date.

If you think your revalidation date needs to be changed you should contact your responsible officer.

If we change your date we will always let you know and you will always receive four months formal notice of your revalidation date.

What happens if my CCT date is delayed?

If your CCT date is delayed, your responsible officer can request your revalidation be deferred to a later date.

Your responsible officer can do this once you are in your four months formal notice period. This is the earliest your responsible officer can make a deferral request.

Your responsible officer can ask us to defer your revalidation by up to twelve months. If your CCT date is delayed by further than 12 months, your responsible officer will need to request a further deferral at the appropriate time.

For example, your revalidation date is in six months’ time and you do not expect to complete your CCT by this date. If this happens:

  • Your responsible officer will request a deferral in two months’ time, when you are in your formal four months’ notice period
  • This means you will receive a later revalidation date – up to a maximum of 12 months - based on the expected CCT date your responsible officer tells us.

If you need to defer for more than 12 months, your responsible officer will need to request a second deferral when you enter your next notice period.

What happens if my CCT date moves forward?

If your CCT date moves forward and you are in your four months formal notice period, there is no need to change your date. Your responsible officer can submit a recommendation about you for your revalidation at any time during the four month formal notice period.

If your CCT date moves forward and you are not in your four months formal notice period, your responsible officer can request for your revalidation date to be brought forward. Your responsible officer can make this request within six months of your new CCT date. We ask your responsible officer to wait until six months before to avoid multiple changes to your revalidation date, as we know that CCT dates can change more than once.

For example:

  • Your revalidation date is in two years’ time and your expected CCT date is in five months’ time. If this happens, your responsible officer will make a request to bring your revalidation date forward and we will issue you with your formal four months’ notice.

OR

  • Your revalidation date is in two years’ time and your expected CCT date is in 12 months’ time. If this happens, your responsible officer will request, in six months’ time, that your revalidation date is brought forward. We will issue your formal four months’ notice at the appropriate time.

Your revalidation date

You can view your revalidation date by logging into your GMC Online account.

Four months before your recommendation is due from your responsible officer, we will send you a formal revalidation notice. Your responsible officer can make their recommendation to the GMC at any time during the four month formal notice period. This means you do not need to have received your CCT in order to revalidate.

After you complete your training

When you complete your training, you will need to update your connection. You may like to use our online tool to establish whether you have a connection to a designated body. You will then need to tell us which designated body you are connected to, or that you do not have a connection, by using GMC Online.

Your designated body will change to the organisation in which you spend most or all of your practice. You will need to participate in revalidation by having a regular appraisal that is based on our core guidance for the profession, Good medical practice. You should also collect supporting information to show how you are meeting our professional standards.

Click to read more information about how licensed doctors will revalidate.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Read our frequently asked questions if you have further questions about revalidation.

Useful links

Your postgraduate medical education organisation's website can provide you with more information about how revalidation will work for you.

Contact us

Please get in touch with us if you have a question about revalidation.