From December 2012 onwards all licensed doctors in the UK will have to demonstrate they are up to date and fit to practice through a process called revalidation. BMJ Careers has been following the gestation of the revalidation since its inception many years ago and is here to help with practical advice on how to complete the process successfully.



Revalidation: a guide for doctors

Kathy Oxtoby outlines the basics of revalidation in the first of our series of practical guides to the process

Understanding “revalidation ready” appraisal

Annual appraisals are the backbone of revalidation. Helen Jaques spells out how to ensure your appraisal meets the necessary requirements

Supporting information for revalidation

Helen Jaques outlines the different types of supporting information that you need to collect for revalidation

A responsible officer

One of the parts of revalidation to be confirmed so far is the role of the responsible officer. Caroline White finds out what one does

Where next for revalidation?

As revalidation settles into everyday practice, consideration is being given to how the process should develop in future. Masood Ahmed looks at the case for future proofing the current revalidation model

“I feel much the same today as I did before”

GMC chairman Peter Rubin speaks to Helen Jaques about his experience of being the first doctor in the UK to be revalidated

My first appraisal

Nonye Agomo talks you through her first GP appraisal and passes on tips for others in her position

Dealing effectively with critical feedback as a doctor

Doctors are increasingly required to provide feedback on colleagues and to accept criticism from their peers. Joseph George and Beryl De Souza look at how doctors can deal effectively with critical feedback

News stories

Government announces start of revalidation

Government agrees to fund remediation of GPs

GMC spells out revalidation deferral rules

Most organisations in England are ready for revalidation

GMC to notify doctors of revalidation dates from December 2012

New guidance will ease revalidation process for doctors, says academy

Doctors must seek feedback from more than 50 people for revalidation

Doctors urged to identify designated organisation in advance of revalidation

GMC issues guidance on information for revalidation



All BMJ Careers' revalidation articles

All BMJ Careers' appraisal articles


Resources from BMJ Learning

Quality improvement activity for appraisal and revalidation in the United Kingdom

Challenge in appraisal

Getting the most out of your appraisal

Tips for appraisers

Top tips on developing your personal development plan

Calibrating the supporting information in medical appraisal

How to assess your learning needs

Seven steps to the analysis of a significant event: a simple, non-threatening approach

What is revalidation?

Where to get help with revalidation

Useful revalidation documents


Revalidation - for appraisers: an update

Revalidation - in secondary care: an update

Revalidation - an interview with the GMC's Prof Sir Peter Rubin

Revalidation - in primary care: an update


Join the revalidation discussion on doc2doc

Revalidation officially announced... your thoughts?

Was multi-source Feedback (MSF) a useful part of my appraisal?

GMC Revalidation - Are the criteria subjective?

GP Locums: Questions about revalidation?

Revalidation and Fitness to Practise - a talk by Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the GMC


GMC revalidation resources

GMC revalidation homepage

The Good Medical Practice framework for appraisal and revalidation

Supporting information for appraisal and revalidation

Developing, implementing and administering questionnaires

Meeting the requirements in the first cycle

Guidance from the Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties