RCP welcomes revalidation announcement

Sir Richard Thompson, Royal College of Physicians president, welcomed the announcement by the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, that revalidation for doctors will start in December 2012:

I welcome the announcement of the Secretary of State that revalidation for doctors will start in December this year. Regular participation in the revalidation process will support physicians to develop and maintain the highest standards of care for their patients, and to achieve excellence in their professional lives.’

Although only a fifth of doctors will be revalidated between April 2013 and March 2014, and the rest on a rolling 5 year cycle, it is vital that all doctors begin preparing for revalidation by collecting their supporting information for their yearly appraisal and making themselves familiar with the process. To underpin and support physicians throughout the revalidation cycle, the RCP has produced specialty guidance for physicians on supporting information, which offers practical examples and enables physicians to understand the revalidation requirements in relation to their specialist practice. We also provide a range of resources to help fellows and members to prepare for revalidation, including an online revalidation portfolio.

Notes to editors

  • Access the RCP’s supporting information for appraisal and revalidation: guidance for physicians and revalidation resources.
  • In addition to a series of tools and resources, the RCP is developing a revalidation eLearning package due to launch later this year. Please contact us if you would like to be notified of the launch.
  • The RCP operates a dedicated revalidation helpdesk to provide specialty advice, please contact revalidation@rcplondon.ac.uk.
  • Revalidation will begin in early December 2012. The General Medical Council, which has overarching responsibility for the process, expects to revalidate:
    • responsible officers and other medical leaders first, by March 2013
    • about a fifth of licensed doctors between April 2013 and the end of March 2014
    • the majority of licensed doctors by the end of March 2016
    • all remaining licensed doctors by the end of March 2018.