Revalidation for doctors


Revalidation is the GMC’s new way of regulating licensed doctors that aims to give extra confidence to patients that their doctors are up to date and fit to practice.

Licensed doctors will have to revalidate, usually every five years, by having regular appraisals that are based on the GMCs core guidance for doctors Good medical practice.

These regular checks on doctors will be a world leading system that will help improve the quality of care received by patients. Revalidation of licensed doctors started on 3 December 2012 and the GMC expects to revalidate the majority by March 2016.

Trust policies and forms

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust P57 – Medical appraisal for revalidation policy tells you what you need to do and when, appraisal for revalidation and P59 – Remediation policy 2014.  These two documents are accessable via the trust's intranet site.

If you have any queries contact:

Quality assurance and academic directorate Murray Building (01642) 854697 (extension 54697 JCUH) Hours of work: Monday-Thursday 7.30am – 5.30pm.

Other documents you may wish to read:

Royal College of Physicians – guidance and supporting information for revalidation.

GMC – the website contains links to guidance, questionnaires, minimum requirements, etc. and is an excellent overview of the process.

BMA Latest news on revalidation plus forms, policies and guidance.

NHS Revalidation Support Team  – the revalidation support team works in partnership with the Department of Health, GMC and designated bodies to deliver an effective system of revalidation for doctors in England.

Useful tools and reading

The Royal College of Physicians e-portfolio tool.  Click here

E-learning materials from the BMJ and supported by Health Education North East.  Click here for e-learning modules and podcasts.


The following books are held in the library:

  • CHAMBERS, R., WAKLEY, G. and BRIGHT, P. (2008) Revalidation – prepare now and get it right. Abingdon: Radcliffe Publishing Ltd.
  • GRANT, J. (no date) The good CPD guide : A practical guide to managed continuing professional development in medicine. Oxford:Radcliffe.
  • CHAMBERS, R., WAKLEY, G., FIELD, S. and ELLIS, S. (2003) Appraisal for the apprehensive: a guide for doctors. Oxford: Radcliffe.
  • WILKINSON, S. and MATHESON, K. (2001) Appraisal for medical consultants: a handbook of best practice. Earlybrave.
  • GILLEN, T. (1995) The appraisal discussion. CIPD.
  • EDIS, M. (1995) Performance management and appraisal in health services. Kogan Page.


The library offers the following teaching sessions which you may find useful for your CPD requirements.  If you are interested in any of these sessions please contact:

The James Cook University Hospital Please contact the information skills librarian for further information. Email: Tel: 01642 854114 Friarage Hospital Please contact the librarian for further information. Email: Tel: 01609 762526