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Revalidation FAQs

What is revalidation?
I have never been appraised before, where do I start?
What evidence do I need to provide for my first enhanced appraisal?
I’ve completed my appraisal, what now?
Do I have to have an Appraisal every year?
What is Multi Source Feedback?
What if I have difficulty collecting feedback?



What is revalidation?

Revalidating means to demonstrate to the General Medical Council every five years that you remain up-to-date and fit to practice.

The important thing to bear in mind is that revalidation is essentially an administrative function which confirms that you have engaged in ongoing professional development (meaning, essentially, enhanced appraisals for each year during which you hold your License and at least one multisource feedback exercise every five years).



I have never been appraised before, where do I start?

To get started, you will first need to identify an appraiser for the current year. As a locum doctor, you can to a certain extent choose who performs your appraisal; the appraiser will have to demonstrate that they are fully trained in enhanced appraisals and the appraisal itself must be done on a MAG form or equivalent.

Many Trusts will appraise their longer-term locums (usually those engaged for three months or longer) alongside their substantive staff, however the Trust is under no obligation to do so.

The alternative would be to engage in an appraisal using a private company; there will be fees attached to this route which are fairly standard across all of the companies. Please contact Direct Medics for further advice about the companies available.



What evidence do I need to provide for my first enhanced appraisal?

The minimum evidence you will need to provide for your first enhanced appraisal would be:

Evidence of two case-based discussions;
Evidence that you have gained 50 CPD points over the past year; and
Evidence of your current Mandatory Training for the locality in which you work

Your appraiser will have you complete the appraisal documentation in advance of your appraisal meeting, which will be based on the NHS England MAG form.



I’ve completed my appraisal, what now?

As your Designated Body, Direct Medics Ltd. is responsible for confirming your engagement in appraisal each year to the GMC, so all appraisals and supporting information must be submitted to your Responsible Officer each year.


Do I have to have an Appraisal every year?

Yes the GMC requirement is one appraisal per year. The length of time between appraisals must be between nine and twelve months, and failure to do so can lead to you being referred to the GMC for non-engagement (a process which can, ultimately lead to the removal of your License).

In other words, your revalidation date itself is not important as it is merely a review of your ongoing appraisal ‘trail’. It is vital that you engage in the revalidation process each and every year that you wish to hold a License.



What is Multi Source Feedback?

An important part of the revalidation process is Feedback – This is patient and colleague feedback and collected from your work in the UK. There are many methods to collect this, and you can choose any solution that suits your working style. Private appraisal providers would normally provide assistance in gathering your feedback.


What if I have difficulty collecting feedback?

The GMC guideline states that a minimum of 15 Colleague and 35 Patient feedback forms should be completed. Dependant on your speciality, sometimes patient feedback will not be possible. Anaesthetists and Psychiatrists in particular can find it difficult but not impossible and should be encouraged to try to collect some if not all the required amount.

For specialities that preclude collection such as Microbiology, Research or Histopathology for example lateral thinking is suggested. Instead of patients, suppliers or other types of working connections are suggested if possible. Another option is to double the number of colleague feedback to compensate for the lack of patient feedback. Reflection on the feedback is vitally important and workbooks can be provided to make this easier to achieve.

The minimum evidence you will need to provide for your first enhanced appraisal would be: Evidence of two case-based discussions; Evidence that you have gained 50 CPD points over the past year; and Evidence of your current Mandatory Training for the locality in which you work Your appraiser will have you complete the appraisal documentation in advance of your appraisal meeting, which will be based on the NHS England MAG form.
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