GMP Framework for appraisal and revalidation

The GMP Framework for appraisal and revalidation is based on our core guidance for doctors, Good medical practice.

The framework sets out the broad areas which should be covered in a doctor’s appraisal and on which the recommendations to revalidate doctors should be based.

Licensed doctors will need to have a regular appraisal, based on this guidance, in order to revalidate and will need to bring supporting information to their appraisal which shows how they are meeting the professional values that are set out within it.

Download our guidance GMP Framework for appraisal and revalidation (pdf) (published April 2011; updated March 2013 - see below for more information).

How doctors can use this guidance

Doctors can use the framework to:

  • reflect on their practice and their approach to medicine
  • reflect on the supporting information they have gathered and what that information demonstrates about their practice
  • identify areas of practice where they could make improvements or undertake further development
  • demonstrate that they are up to date and fit to practise

How employers can use this guidance

Employers (including responsible officers, appraisers and HR teams), can use the framework to:

  • understand what the GMC requires doctors to do
  • understand the focus that a doctor’s regular appraisal should have
  • develop their appraisal system (and any local policies which support it), using additional appraisal guidance and documentation that may have been developed by the health department in their country.
  • develop or commission training for their appraisers

Download our appraisal framework 

We published this version of the GMP Framework for appraisal and revalidation (pdf) in March 2013, alongside the latest edition of Good medical practice.

The paragraph numbers given in the references on pages 2-5 have been updated to match the new GMP and our explanatory guidance Leadership and management for all doctors, which has replaced Management for doctors. 

We have made no changes to the text. The framework is already used widely and the principles have not changed significantly even where the new wording in GMP is different or has been moved. 

The framework remains a reflective tool to help doctors demonstrate how they are meeting their professional values, and we do not expect that the changes will cause doctors or appraisers any difficulty in using it in this way.