Guidance on supporting information for revalidation

Guidance on supporting information for revalidation

Your professional obligations

  1. In terms of supporting information for revalidation, you must:
    • read, understand and meet our requirements for the sources, types and frequency of supporting information specified in each section of this guidance 
    • make sure your supporting information and any other evidence for your whole practice appraisal is honest, accurate and comprehensive 
    • participate in annual appraisals that cover your whole practice. This means collecting, reflecting on, and discussing supporting information in line with the requirements in this guidance.
  2. The six types of supporting information you must collect and reflect on, and discuss at your appraisal, over your revalidation cycle are:
    • Continuing professional development (CPD)
    • Quality improvement activity
    • Significant events
    • Feedback from patients or those to whom you provide medical services
    • Feedback from colleagues
    • Compliments and complaints
  3. Doing this will allow you to show you meet the values and principles of Good medical practice. This will make it easier for your appraiser to complete your appraisal, and for your responsible officer, suitable person or AA/PA recommender to make a recommendation to us about your revalidation. You do not need to formally structure the appraisal around Good medical practice, or map supporting information directly against it. However you, or your appraiser, may find it useful to do this.

Additional information required for revalidation

Information about your practice

  1. To support your revalidation your appraisal portfolio must provide:
    • your personal details including your GMC reference number
    • details of the organisations and locations where you have worked as a doctor, AA or PA since your last appraisal, and the roles or posts held
    • a comprehensive description of the scope and nature of your practice
    • a record of your appraisals, including confirming whether you are in any revalidation non-engagement, licence withdrawal or appeal process
    • your personal development plans and their reviews.

Probity statement

  1. You will need to make a statement in relation to probity as part of your revalidation. 
  2. Your appraisal provides an opportunity to review and reflect on any probity matters you wish to discuss with your appraiser. This includes the legal obligation to ensure you have appropriate and adequate insurance or indemnity1, and your professional duty to declare and manage any conflicts of interests appropriately2.
  3. Probity is at the heart of medical professionalism and means being honest and trustworthy and acting with integrity. Not providing honest and accurate information required for your revalidation will raise a question about your probity.
  4. Good medical practice gives guidance on issues of probity. This includes that you must:
    • make sure any information you communicate as a doctor, AA or PA is accurate, not false or misleading
    • not deliberately leave out relevant information
    • not minimise or trivialise risks of harm3.

Health statement

  1. You will need to make a health statement as part of your revalidation. It is important that you reflect on and consider whether there any matters in relation to your own health and wellbeing which you wish to discuss with your appraiser. This includes whether you have appropriate support in place to protect yourself and your patients.
  2. Good medical practice provides guidance around managing your health and wellbeing4.

1 Section 44C of the Medical Act 1983 (as amended).
2 Gmp 2024 para 95.
3 Gmp 2024, para 89(b) and (c).
4 Gmp 2024, paragraphs 77-80.