Start of Medical Revalidation in the UK

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced on Friday 19 October 2012. that revalidation for UK doctors will begin in December 2012.

Medical revalidation will normally happen every five years and will apply to all doctors in all settings in the United Kingdom – including doctors working as locums and in the private sector.

Doctors will undergo annual appraisals based on the requirements of the General Medical Council’s (GMC) core guidance Good Medical Practice.

The GMC will work with employers to implement and manage the system.

Responsible Officers will make sure that doctors have appraisals every year and that any issues are addressed. They will also review those appraisals and make a recommendation to the GMC about the doctor’s continuing fitness to practise every five years.  The decision regarding renewal of a doctor’s licence to practise will be made by the GMC.

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