The GMC protocol for making revalidation recommendations

Recommendations for doctors in training

3.1 The revalidation process for doctors in training

The revalidation requirements are the same for doctors in training, but they meet these through: 

  • participation in the assessments and curriculum requirements of their training programme and the collection of supporting information reflecting this
  • reflecting on these requirements through assessments and regular meetings with their educational supervisor (including discussing any practice they undertake outside of their training programme, such as locum work)
  • the existing Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) processes or equivalent, which play the equivalent role of appraisal for doctors not in training.

3.1.1 The range of information you should consider when revalidating doctors in training

Doctors in training are not expected to participate in additional whole practice appraisals or to collect supporting information that is not already a requirement of their training programme or curriculum.

Where they undertake additional work outside of their training programme they must declare this, along with any relevant information1 as part of the documentation for their ARCP.

When making your recommendation you should consider information across a doctor in training’s whole practice using:

  • outputs from the ARCP panel (ARCP panels may take account of additional clinical governance information and advise you on issues material to the revalidation recommendation)
  • all relevant clinical governance information from the local education providers where the doctor undertakes their training placements
  • any information available to you from outside formal assessments and curriculum requirements of training programmes, including any additional information you need from local education and training providers
  • any clinical governance information available to you from any other place where the doctor has worked outside of their training programme (including appraisal outputs, if relevant).

A doctor’s revalidation does not depend on successful progression in their training programme. An adverse training outcome does not mean that you cannot make a recommendation to revalidate, provided they remain fit to practise within their scope of practice.

1 Including any fitness to practise concerns, complaints about them, or significant events they have been involved in.

3.2 Timing of recommendations for doctors in training

The timing of revalidation recommendations for doctors in training depends on the length of their training programme:

  • if it is less than five years this will be at the point of eligibility for their Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT). 
  • if it is more than five years, this will be both five years after they gain full registration with a licence, and at the point of eligibility for CCT. For example, if their training programme is eight years you will need to make a recommendation at year five and at year eight.

If a doctor is going to get their CCT before their revalidation date is due, and they are not yet under notice, you can ask us to bring forward their revalidation date.