Glossary - revalidation
Doctors without a connection submit evidence to the GMC each year. This demonstrates their engagement with the revalidation process.
|A doctor undergoing an appraisal.
An annual meeting between a doctor and a specially trained individual (called an appraiser). Doctors gather information from their whole scope of practice and review this at appraisal to demonstrate they are continuing to meet the standards of Good Medical Practice.
Specially trained individuals who review the supporting information gathered for revalidation, facilitating discussion and prompting reflection across the appraisee’s whole scope of practice.
A group of individuals (including non-executive directors) responsible for leading an organisation and ensuring the delivery and assurance of clinical governance processes.
An overarching term for the arrangements through which organisations are accountable for continuously monitoring and improving the safety and quality of clinical services. There are many processes and activities which support clinical governance for doctors, for example:
A link that is established in the relevant regulations between a doctor and a designated body or suitable person.
An organisation that is required to appoint and resource a responsible officer for revalidation. Designated bodies support and facilitate the revalidation process for doctors. They include:
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|General Medical Council (GMC)
We work with doctors, patients, and other stakeholders to support good, safe patient care across the UK. We set the standards doctors and those who train them need to meet, and help them achieve them. If there are concerns these standards may not be met or that public confidence in doctors may be at risk, we can investigate, and take action if needed.
Experienced senior doctors who are responsible for making sure that doctors with a connection to their designated body are competent in what they are doing and fully up to date. They make recommendations to the GMC about each of their doctor's revalidation. Responsible officers work with us to ensure:
We use this information to decide whether doctors continue to meet the standards we set.
Revalidation is a process that ensures licensed doctors are:
Doctors must revalidate to keep their licence to practise in the UK.
A knowledge test to allow doctors without a connection to show they meet the required standard for revalidation.
A licensed doctor approved by the GMC to make revalidation recommendations about a doctor who does not have a responsible officer.
|Whole scope of practice
All the places a doctor has worked, and the roles they have carried out which require a licence to practise, in the UK since their last appraisal. This includes: