Revalidation tips for doctors leaving UK training or new to UK practice

Also, if you don’t have a responsible officer or suitable person

What you need to know

  • Set up your GMC Online account if you don’t already have one. Keep your contact details up to date in your account at all times.
  • Find your designated body and responsible officer using our connection tool and let us know who they are. If you don’t have one you must tell us. Do this by updating your GMC Online account.
  • Find out your revalidation submission date – the date when we need to make a decision about your revalidation. This appears in your GMC Online account.
  • Read our guidance that explains how you revalidate. It’s your responsibility to find out what you need to do.
  • Read our Guidance on supporting information for appraisal and revalidation. This explains what information you need to collect and reflect on about your practice, to discuss at your annual appraisal.
  • Engage with the annual appraisal process. Your responsible officer or employer will not necessarily arrange this for you, but they should tell you how appraisal works for you and whether you need to use any particular systems or forms. If you don’t have an responsible officer, you may need to arrange an appraisal yourself through an independent provider.
  • Find out if there’s a portfolio you need to use to record your information. This may be made available by your employer, college or faculty; or you may have to find one yourself.
  • Make sure your responsible officer is aware of all the places where you work, and can access information about your practice from these places. If you don’t have a connection you must tell us about all of your practice when we ask. You must bring information from your whole practice to your appraisal.
  • Plan which supporting information you will bring to each appraisal. You don’t need to bring all types of information every year. Your responsible officer can give you advice on this.
  • Begin collecting your supporting information early – don’t leave it until the last minute as this can be more stressful and you may run out of time.
  • If you’re going to take a planned break from practice, for example for parental leave, and need more time to collect all the supporting information and meet all the revalidation requirements, don’t worry. You can get approval to do this by speaking to your responsible officer, who can ask us to defer your revalidation submission date (if you don’t have an responsible officer, speak to us about your revalidation). This has no impact on your licence.

If you don’t have a responsible officer or suitable person

  • Read our guidance about requirements for doctors without a responsible officer or suitable person. This tells you what you need to do. 
  • Find out your annual return date – this is when you will need to send us information about you practice and other evidence. Some evidence you need to send us takes time to collect – don’t leave it until the last minute.
  • Find out if your registration is subject to our approved practice setting requirement and understand what this means for your practice. 

If you’re new to UK practice

  • As soon as you hold a licence in the UK you must start to engage with revalidation, even if you are not yet working as a doctor in the UK.
  • Think carefully about the best time to apply for your licence and don’t apply too soon.
  • Consider attending one of our Welcome to UK practice sessions to learn about our guidance and find out what support is available to you.
  • The sessions will also help to build your confidence, so that you can make the right choices when faced with difficult ethical situations.
  • Contact your responsible officer or email us if you need any further support.