Sharing more information about your revalidation recommendations

From 23 March, if you recommend that a doctor’s revalidation date should be deferred, we’ll ask you to provide a small amount of additional information about your recommendation.

At the moment we only capture whether the doctor is involved in an ongoing local HR or disciplinary process, or if they haven’t gathered all the supporting information you need to make a revalidation recommendation.

In future, we’ll ask you to tell us which of the following categories best describes the reason for your recommendation.

  • A doctor has insufficient evidence due to an interruption in their practice (eg they’ve been on sick leave, sabbatical, on a career break or maternity leave).
  • A doctor hasn’t met our requirements for appraisal (eg they haven’t had an annual appraisal that covers their whole practice, or they haven’t discussed and reflected on their supporting information at their appraisal meetings).
  • A doctor has insufficient evidence related to the six types of supporting information required for revalidation (patient feedback, colleague feedback, continuing professional development, quality improvement activity, significant events and compliments and complaints).

If you usually submit your recommendations through GMC Connect, we’ll automatically prompt you to provide this information on the system. For those of you who use Advanced Programme Interface systems to submit recommendations, we’re speaking to IT teams at your organisations to explore how this will work.  

Identifying future improvements

This change doesn’t affect the criteria you need to follow when considering your recommendation or when we make a decision about a doctor’s revalidation.

However, it is important that you send us this information, so we can get a more comprehensive picture of the various factors that lead to deferral recommendations. 

We hope this will help us identify possible improvements to our revalidation guidance or pinpoint additional support can be put in place for doctors. For example, it may highlight that certain types of supporting information are disproportionately difficult for some doctors to collect or reflect on.

If you have any questions or concerns about this change, please speak to your ELA.