FAQs for Revalidation

A range of FAQs about Revalidation in Scotland

FAQs for Medical Revalidation in Scotland

The following is a collection of Frequently Asked Questions by doctors working in Scotland regarding Medical Revalidation.  If the questions and answers below do not answer your query, please get in touch via the SOAR Helpdesk for further assistance.

We will add your queries to our FAQs section as we look to build on this resource.

Please also visit the main section on Revalidation, as well as checking your own College's / Faculty's website.

I'm just back from a long period of absence (maternity leave, long term sick, sabbactical, study leave, working abroad etc), and I'm supposed to be Revalidated this year, can I be deferred?

Your Responsible Officer will consider each deferment request individually on its own merits and make the final decision.  In any case, if you feel you have a legitimate case for deferring your Revalidation, please contact your local Administration team in the first instance, who will escalate your queries accordingly.

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Does Revalidation require a separate "Revalidation Appraisal" meeting?

No, Revalidation will take into account your Appraisal history, its supporting information, and (if applicable) other information available to the designated RO.  There will NOT be a separate "Revalidation Appraisal" meeting.  Annual appraisal meetings will proceed as per usual.

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Where do I get the Revalidation forms?

There is no such thing.  See above.

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When will I be Revalidated?

For those working in Scotland, your Revalidation due date will fall into the following fiscal year (1st April - 31st March) if your penultimate GMC number (second last digit) matches the below.  You will be notified individually by the GMC as to the exact date of your Revalidation when the time comes.

2013/2014 = 4/6
2014/2015 = 0/5/7/8
2015/2016 = 1/2/3/9

The above does NOT apply to those working outside of Scotland, nor does it apply to those doctors in training (Trainees).

Trainee doctors in Scotland will be revalidated by NES. If the training lasts less than five years, the first revalidation will be at the point of eligibility for CCT. If the training lasts longer than five years, the trainee will be revalidated five years after they have gained full registration with a licence to practise, and again at the point of eligibility for CCT when they have achieved CCT. For more information please visit http://www.gmc-uk.org/doctors/revalidation/12383.asp

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Why am I "under notice" in the revalidation page?

"Under notice" is a GMC terminology used to indicate if a doctor was within 3 months of their revalidation due date. Your RO cannot revalidate you if you are not “under notice”.

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This page was last updated on: 24/08/2015