Help and guidance
Please see our guidance page for the framework for appraisal and revalidation, supporting information guidance and our guidance on colleague and patient feedback.
We've agreed supplementary guidance with the four UK health departments to help doctors understand how they can meet our requirements in the first cycle of revalidation.
We also have a protocol to help responsible officers make their recommendations about doctors. This guidance includes clear criteria for making recommendations.
Revalidation governance handbook
Our new handbook (pdf) helps the boards and governing bodies of healthcare providers check the strength and effectiveness of systems that exist within their organisations to support the delivery of quality care for patients and the revalidation of doctors.
We have developed the handbook in partnership with systems regulators and quality improvement bodies from across the UK.
The handbook comes with a helpful checklist (pdf) of questions which boards can use to demonstrate sound governance.
Responsible officer regulations
England, Scotland and Wales
The Medical Profession (Responsible Officers) Regulations 2010
The Medical Profession (Responsible Officers) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 (which reflect the changes to the structure of the NHS in England which took place on 1 April 2013)
The Medical Profession (Responsible Officers) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 – Explanatory note
These Department of Health (England) regulations cover, among other things, the duties of responsible officers and the prescribed connections which doctors have with designated bodies.
Responsible officer regulations and guidance –
The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety published these regulations and guidance in October 2010.
Employer Liaison Service
Our team of 15 employer liaison advisers are working closely with responsible officers across the UK, helping them with revalidation and the management of concerns about doctors. Find out more about our employer liaison service.
Read our frequently asked questions if you have a question about revalidation.
For more information and guidance about what your organisation should be doing to prepare for the introduction of revalidation, please visit the useful links page.
Please get in touch with us if you have a question about revalidation.