Doctors – Appraisal & Revalidation

What ? Why? When?



 Revalidation requires doctors to demonstrate their continued fitness to practise.

Revalidation aims to give extra assurance to patients and the public, as well as other healthcare professionals,
that doctors registered with a licence are regularly checked by their employers and the General Medical Council.

All licensed doctors will need to revalidate on a regular basis (usually every five years)
by having a local evaluation of their performance through
an appraisal process based on the GMC core guidance: Good Medical Practice

Academy of Royal Medical Colleges


Revalidation was introduced in 2013 and is compulsory for all doctors. 


How? GMC guides

The General Medical Council has produced a variety of documents to inform doctors of the requirements for appraisal and revalidation.

Information from the Royal Colleges

Each Royal College has produced guidance to the supporting information required for revalidation. Doctors will also have to achieve the CPD requirements for their College in order to successfully complete their revalidation.

Here are some links to College revalidation pages, some of which include details of CPD schemes, CPD diary, information about e-portfolios and free resources and tools to help you prepare for revalidation. You may need to be a member to access some of these pages.

Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership Guide

The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership have produced a new guide on:

              The use of National Clinical Audit data in appraisal    (June 2017)

This resource is a guide to support and encourage the inclusion of NCA data in appraisal and revalidation. 


(Note:  When you click on the link for the .pdf file, you will be presented with a registration form.  
If you do not wish to register, you can opt to "Skip registration" )


What is the Trust doing?

Trust appraisal and revalidation guidance can be found on the TIS intranet pages here.

Appraisal outcomes will be reviewed by Brendan Ryan, Trust's Responsible Officer. The Responsible Officer will then make a recommendation to the GMC of a doctor's fitness to practise, normally every five years.  

The appraisal should be completed on the Trusts electronic Appraisal and Revalidation system here:

For login details, contact the Revalidation and Appraisal Project Manager on x 6023


What do I need to do?

As a doctor
  • You will need to ensure that your annual appraisals take place & that you participate fully in this process
  • You will need to maintain a record of your CPD activities
  • You will need to demonstrate that you are using the best available evidence and Best Practice in your clinical activities & patient care, i.e. that you are up-to-date in your skills and performance and that you are fit-to-practice as a doctor.
  • You will need to maintain a Portfolio of Evidence to support your case for Fitness to Practice. Your portfolio of evidence will be maintained on the PreP system. The system is secure and password protected complying with data protection & confidentiality safeguards. Once every five years you will be invited to participate in a Multi Source Feedback called a 360 this will involve asking Colleagues and Patients to complete a questionnaire about your fitness to practise.

See the GMC’s Information for licensed doctors for further information on how you can prepare yourself for appraisals and revalidation.

See also the e-learning courses listed in the section below


E-Learning courses & podcasts


These online learning modules take about 45 - 60 minutes to complete and cover a range of key topics helpful for both appraisees and appraisers. The modules are hosted on the BMJ learning platform and any doctor is able to register for free access.

BMJ Podcasts

The podcasts are a collection of several shortbite sized films (3-4 minutes) covering a range of key topics, helpful for both appraisees and appraisers.

How Knowledge & Library Service can help

The GMC Good Medical Practice: Framework for Appraisals & Revalidation is divided into four domains:  

  1. Knowledge, skills and performance
  2. Safety and quality.
  3. Communication, partnership and teamwork
  4. Maintaining trust

It is in the first domain – Knowledge, Skills & Performance - that the Trust’s Knowledge & Library Service can help you find the necessary evidence of best practice, so you in turn, can demonstrate your fitness to practice.

To help you find the evidence, we offer the following services, training & facilities:

  • Literature searches
  • Training in literature searching
  • Journal article & document supply
  • Current awareness services
  • A suite of computers in a drop-in facility which you can use 24/7

 We have also produced the following information sheets to support your appraisal and revalidation:

For more information or help, please contact

Peta Jones, Outreach Librarian on 0161 922 4209 or
send her an email on