Revalidation is the process by which all licensed doctors have to demonstrate to the GMC that they are up to date and fit to practise. The RCP provides guidance and tools for fellows and members to support them through appraisal and revalidation.

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The GMC has set the standards for revalidation for all doctors, and the medical royal colleges and faculties have defined the specialty requirements. The RCP is committed to supporting physicians in collecting and reflecting on appropriate supporting information for appraisal and revalidation. We have developed specialty guidance for physicians and tools to help collate and manage supporting information. We also provide specialty advice in relation to appraisal and revalidation. If you have any queries please contact our dedicated revalidation helpdesk: and see our FAQs.

Guidance for physicians on supporting information

The RCP has defined the supporting information required for physicians
to successfully demonstrate that specialty standards have been met. Please see Supporting information for appraisal and revalidation:
guidance for physicians.

CPD for revalidation

Continuing professional development (CPD) enables doctors to maintain and improve their performance across all areas of their professional work and is a key part of revalidation. The RCP provides CPD guidance and an enhanced CPD diary that enables doctors to meet the revalidation requirements and record learning from their practice.

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FAQs for revalidation

We are receiving many enquiries from physicians about revalidation and have developed comprehensive FAQs that are regularly updated. We welcome further queries however, so please do contact our helpdesk.

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Physician specialty resources

There is a great diversity of practice across the many physician specialties. The RCP has worked with specialty societies to identify relevant resources for revalidation and has also led a project to produce example revalidation portfolios for physicians.

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Feedback for revalidation

Collecting and reflecting on colleague and patient feedback is essential for revalidation and should drive improvement in practice. We provide:

  • validated colleague and patient feedback questionnaires
  • guidance for appraisees and a summary template
  • complaints template
  • compliments template.
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Appraisal training for revalidation

Appraisal for revalidation workshop (for appraisees and/or appraisers) can be delivered exclusively for you and your colleagues, and our new ‘Preparing for revalidation’ e-learning package is also now available.

Revalidation portfolio

The RCP is leading a cohort of seven medical royal colleges in developing an online revalidation portfolio to help doctors to manage their supporting information for appraisal and revalidation.

Quality Improvement for revalidation

Participation in quality improvement activity allows doctors to evaluate the effectiveness of their practice individually and in relation to their team. We provide:

  • personal clinical audit tool (p-CAT) to guide doctors through an effective audit process and record personal learning 
  • case review summary template
  • untoward incidents template.
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