Everything you need to know about Revalidation

Revalidation Guidance:


About Revalidation

Since 2009 all doctors who wish to practice medicine have been required to have a Licence, issued by the General Medical Council, which demonstrates that they are up to date and fit to practice (including those who wish to retain the right to prescribe medication and certify deaths).

The renewal of this Licence, in a process known as Revalidation, will be predominantly based upon the satisfactory completion of 5 annual appraisals. Multisource Feedback from both patients and colleagues will be required at least once during the five year cycle.

The MSF element contributes to what's known as an "Enhanced Appraisal".  The principle of enhanced appraisal and Revalidation is supported by the Scottish Government because we believe it will improve the quality of care NHS Scotland delivers to patients. Although we know that the overwhelming majority of doctors in Scotland already practice to a high standard, it is important to demonstrate that this is the case and to reassure patients that their doctor is keeping up to date.

In addition, doctors on the specialist register or general practice register will be required to demonstrate that they are practising to recognised minimum Standards. The GMC has commissioned the Medical Royal Colleges to identify these Standards and to recommend a menu of evidence that would be appropriate for a doctor to present over a five year period to demonstrate that the doctor is "fit to practice".  Visit your Royal College's or Faculty's website for further details.

The guidance offered throughout this website describes how Revalidation will be achieved in Scotland. It builds on the appraisal structures we already have in both primary and secondary care and as such it will be proportionate and cost effective. It will ensure that all doctors in Scotland who require to be revalidated will complete an enhanced appraisal every year.

Quite properly, we live in an age when professionals in all disciplines are required to demonstrate that they are working to acceptable minimum standards. Enhanced appraisal linked to revalidation is the route whereby this will be achieved for doctors. We believe this implementation will be good for patients and good for NHS Scotland.

This page was last updated on: 15/08/2016