Supporting information for appraisal and revalidation

Licensed doctors will need to bring a portfolio of supporting information to their appraisal which shows how they are meeting the professional values set out in Good medical practice. Appraisers will be interested in what doctors think the supporting information says about their practice and how they plan to develop or modify their practice as a result.

Our guidance tells doctors the six types of supporting information they need to collect and how often they should collect it. Employers will to need to ensure they have clinical governance systems and other types of support in place that can provide doctors with some of the information they need.

All doctors, whatever their route to revalidation, must engage in appraisal and collect their supporting information.

Download our guidance Supporting information for appraisal and revalidation (pdf) (updated March 2012)

There are six types of supporting information that doctors will be expected to provide and discuss at their appraisal at least once in each five year cycle. They are:

  1. 1. Continuing professional development (CPD)
  2. 2. Quality improvement activity
  3. 3. Significant events
  4. 4. Feedback from colleagues
  5. 5. Feedback from patients
  6. 6. Review of complaints and compliments

How doctors can use this guidance

Doctors can use this guidance to:

  • Understand the supporting information they need to collect for their appraisal

How employers can use this guidance

Employers (including responsible officers, appraisers and HR staff) can use the guidance to:

  • Understand the supporting information that the GMC requires doctors to provide
  • Develop their appraisal systems and policies
  • Check they have the right clinical governance systems (such as complaints systems and clinical audits) in place that can give doctors access to the supporting information they need for appraisal
  • Develop or commission feedback for their doctors (in conjunction with the other guidance about feedback we have produced).

Download the guidance

Download our Supporting information for appraisal and revalidation (pdf) (updated March 2012)

Additional guidance

The medical royal colleges and faculties have produced guidance to help doctors in all the main specialties (including primary care) to meet our requirements to provide supporting information for appraisal. This guidance can be found on the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges’ website.