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Revalidation for trainees: FAQs

This page provides answers to frequently asked questions about the revalidation process for trainees:

What’s the purpose of revalidation?

The purpose of revalidating a doctor’s licence to practise is to give patients greater confidence in the medical profession and support individual doctors in maintaining and improving their practice.

What’s a designated body?

Your designated body is the organisation with which you have a professional, educational or employment connection and which provides you with support for revalidation. As a specialty trainee, this is your Local Education and Training Board (LETB).

What’s a responsible officer?

Your responsible officer is a senior clinician in your designated body who ensures that the doctors for whom they act in this nominated capacity continue to practise safely, and are properly supported and managed in maintaining their professional standards. As a specialty trainee, your responsible officer is your Postgraduate Dean.

How will the GMC know who my designated body is?

The GMC will confirm this through your completion of the GMC Trainee Survey.

What do I need to do to prepare for revalidation?

As a trainee, your revalidation will be seamless with your ARCP (annual review of competence progression). Please read the RCOG’s advice on preparing for revalidation as a trainee, which includes information about completing enhanced form R for your ARCP.

Enhanced form R refers to significant events – what are they?

Please read the RCOG’s advice on preparing for revalidation as a trainee, which includes a definition and explanation of significant events.

Enhanced form R asks for my last revalidation date – what should I enter?

This field is designed to capture trainees who have already revalidated previously. For your first revalidation, please leave this blank.

Enhanced form R asks for my revalidation date – what should I enter?

Unless you’ve been advised of your revalidation date, please leave this blank.

Where can I find my GMC programme approval number, deanery reference number and national training number?

This information is completed by your deanery. The GMC survey will use information provided directly to the GMC by your deanery.

What role does my employer have in my revalidation?

Your employer will supply information to your LETB and deanery to inform the revalidation process via your ARCP. This will be provided under three headings:

  • Conduct/capability investigation:
    • Your employer will be asked to confirm whether you’ve been involved in a conduct or capability investigation
    • If so, your employer will advise whether this has been resolved satisfactorily, with no unresolved concerns about your conduct
    • If there are unresolved concerns, your employer will be asked to provide a brief summary and the anticipated date of the outcome of any investigation
  • Serious untoward incident/significant event investigation:
    • Your employer will be asked whether you’ve been involved in a formal serious untoward event/significant event investigation
    • If so, your employer will advise whether this has been resolved satisfactorily, with no unresolved concerns about your fitness to practise
    • If there are any unresolved concerns, your employer will be asked to provide a brief summary and the anticipated date of the outcome of any investigation
  • Complaints:
    • Your employer will be asked whether you’ve been named in a complaint
    • If so, your employer will advise whether this has been resolved satisfactorily, with no unresolved concerns about your fitness to practise
    • If there are any unresolved concerns, your employer will be asked to provide a brief summary and the anticipated date of the outcome of any investigation

How often will my employer be asked for this information?

Information will be collected twice a year, in April or November, or at an appropriate time for any ARCPs that fall outside these dates.

How will I know if I’ve been recommended for revalidation?

This will form part of your ARCP process, and you’ll be informed as part of your ARCP outcome.

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