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
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.
We help to protect patients and improve medical education and practice in the UK by setting standards for students and doctors. We support them in achieving and exceeding those standards, and take action when they are not met.