Helping to raise standards through revalidation

It’s important that doctors working across the UK deliver good, safe patient care and keep their knowledge and skills up to date.

We have a role in supporting the continuous professional development of doctors.

We work with employers to check there are processes in place to manage doctors’ appraisals, or complaints about a doctor’s practice, through a process called revalidation.

Revalidation supports the development of doctors by requiring them to reflect regularly on their work and on feedback from colleagues and patients. 

How can I get involved as a patient?

As a patient, you can share your experiences of being cared for.

You might not be able to assess the doctor's medical skills. But you can say, for example, how well they listened to you and explained what they were doing.

Find out more on how you can help with revalidation as a patient.