Revalidation for doctors became a UK legislative requirement in December 2012.
Revalidation is intended to give reassurance and confidence to patients and other stakeholders who have an interest in the delivery of safe medical treatment, that doctors are performing well and are aware of the latest developments in the area of medicine in which they practise.
It can also help doctors reflect on how they can improve their practice and how they interact with patients and colleagues.
Each year a Quality Assurance exercise is undertaken in Scotland. Each health organisation which has doctors with a prescribed connection to them as their Designated Body - and who are required to appoint a responsible officer - completes an assessment audit to report on appraisal and revalidation within their organisation. Returns are analysed and a formal report is produced.
The report (sponsored by Scottish government) has been produced by NES since the 2017/2018 review. Past reports prior to the NES publications are available from Healthcare Improvement Scotland's website.
[The review has been postponed during the Covid-19 pandemic since March 2020.]
This page was last updated on: 21/11/2022