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Connection information for doctors in training

Your connection, designated body and responsible officer

Doctors in training are supported in their revalidation by a connection to a designated body. A responsible officer in the designated body then makes a recommendation to us, which forms the basis of our revalidation decision. Your responsible officer is usually your post-graduate dean.

Keeping your connection information up to date

You can find out your designated body using our connection tool.

You should keep your connection information up to date in your GMC Online account at all times. If you change your LETB or deanery, your designated body will change. If you don’t have a GMC Online account, you should set one up.

Breaks in practice

You may also find that your connection information changes if you take a break in practice. If the break in practice means you no longer have a national training number, the way that you revalidate will change. You should always speak to your educational supervisor or responsible officer before taking a break to find out more about your specific situation.

If you're planning a long break in practice, you may wish to consider temporarily giving up your licence. To avoid delays in getting your licence back when you return to the UK, you should make sure you are familiar with our guidance and requirements for giving up and restoring your licence. Our guidance on Revalidation and breaks in practice may also be helpful. You should also speak to your educational supervisor and responsible officer.

Your connection when you complete your training

Doctors in training may be eligible for a period of grace following completion of training. This provides time for them to find employment.

During your period of grace, your designated body and responsible officer remain the same. This continues until either you come to the end of the agreed period of grace, or you no longer have a national training number.