Guidance for physicians on supporting information for appraisal and revalidation

The RCP has produced guidance for physicians on the supporting information required for appraisal and revalidation. The guidance offers practical examples of the types of supporting information that physicians might present at their annual appraisal and include in their revalidation portfolio. It has been collaboratively developed with all physician specialties and is applicable across the many areas of physician practice.

The GMC recommends that doctors in specialist practice should consult the supporting information guidance provided by their college or faculty. This guidance expands on the GMC's revalidation framework, detailing what each college or faculty expects in relation to supporting information for appraisal and revalidation. These expectations are laid out under ‘Requirements’. See also 'Physician specialty resources'.

Tools and templates for supporting information

The RCP has developed tools and templates to enable doctors to record and reflect on their supporting information for appraisal and revalidation. Doctors should consult their appraiser before using the RCP templates to ensure that they meet local clinical governance requirements and are satisfactory to the appraiser. If forms are already available to doctors through their organisation, they will be expected to use these.

In line with the GMC’s supporting information framework for revalidation, the RCP provides:

  • The RCP also provides a professional concerns summary template to support discussion at appraisal (available below).

The RCP has a dedicated helpdesk for enquires and provides specialty advice in relation to supporting information, appraisal and revalidation. All enquiries should be forwarded to: revalidation@rcplondon.ac.uk.

Useful links

Doctors should consult their appraiser before using the RCP templates to ensure that they meet local clinical governance requirements and are satisfactory to the appraiser.

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