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Review of complaints and compliments

This page explains what is meant by ‘review of complaints and compliments’ in the context of revalidation, and provides guidance on how to prepare for this element of revalidation.


Formal complaints are expressions of dissatisfaction or grievance about you or your team, or about the care your patients have received from other healthcare professionals. You’ll need to provide details of all formal complaints received since your last appraisal.

In addition to a summary of the complaint, you’ll need to provide details of your personal reflection. This should cover how the complaint has been managed, any actions taken, the learning gained from the experience and, if necessary, potential items for your personal development plan.


You’ll need to provide a summary of any unsolicited compliments received from patients, carers or colleagues in recognition of the quality of your work or that of your team. You’ll also need to provide evidence of reflection, for example how compliments have affected your professional practice.

Find out more

For more information about the requirements for complaints and compliments, see pages 18–19 of the O&G-specific revalidation resource produced by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC), the RCOG and the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH), below.


Specialty-specific revalidation advice
Advice on revalidation and appraisal from the RCOG, FSRH and AoMRC [PDF]

Read pages 18–19 of this document for more information about reviewing complaints and compliments in the context of revalidation.

Elsewhere on the site

Information about the role of appraisal in revalidation, and resources to help you prepare
Continuing professional development (CPD) is a key component of revalidation: find out about the RCOG’s CPD programme