Revalidation for doctors in postgraduate training on Wales Deanery managed schemes

Revalidation is the General Medical Council’s new way of regulating licensed doctors to give extra confidence to patients that their doctors are up to date and fit to practise.

Every doctor who is fully registered with a licence to practise needs to revalidate. This includes doctors in foundation year two and specialty training.

In practice, for doctors in postgraduate training who are undertaking a managed programme, engaged in the Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) process and about whom there are no concerns, revalidation will usually happen without you having to do anything additional. Your ‘responsible officer’ will then make a recommendation to the GMC that you are up to date, fit to practise and should be revalidated.

As a trainee in Wales, your designated body is the Wales Deanery. Your responsible officer is your postgraduate dean.

If your training lasts less than five years, your first revalidation will be at the point that you are awarded your CCT.

If your training lasts longer than five years, you'll be revalidated five years after you gained full registration with a license to practice.

Wales Deanery is committed to enabling its doctors in postgraduate training to revalidate by providing as much information and support as possible and will provide you with regular updates.

How will I revalidate?

The GMC has recently published a leaflet on 'How doctors in training will revalidate', read it to find out more about the process.

Wales Deanery is your Designated Body and Professor Derek Gallen, your Postgraduate Dean, is your Responsible Officer.

As a doctor in foundation or specialty training, you will revalidate in a similar way to other licensed doctors. When the time comes for you to be revalidated your Responsible Officer will make a recommendation to the GMC that you are up to date, fit to practise and should be revalidated.

What is a Responsible Officer?

A Responsible Officer is a senior clinician in a Designated Body who ensures that the doctors for whom they are the prescribed connection continue to practice safely and are properly supported and managed in maintaining their professional standards.

What is a Designated Body?

A Designated Body is the organisation that a licensed doctor has a connection with that provides them with support for revalidation.

How will the GMC know my Designated Body?

You should check the name of your designated body and responsible officer by visiting the 'My Revalidation' section of your GMC Online account.

What information will I need to provide to be revalidated?

As a doctor in training, you will already be generating this information to meet the requirements of your curriculum and training programme. You should continue to participate in the ARCP/RITA process as usual.

After gaining your CCT you will need to collect supporting information to show how you are meeting the professional standards in your daily practice based on the GMC’s core guidance for doctors, Good Medical Practice - you can find more information about this on the GMC’s website.

Licensed doctors will need to collect supporting information to show how they are meeting the professional standards in their daily practice based on the GMC’s core guidance for doctors, Good Medical Practice.

How will the recommendation be made for revalidation?

Your Postgraduate Dean, acting as your Responsible Officer, will base their recommendation on your participation in the Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) process or its equivalent the Record of In-Training Assessment (RITA).

What should I be doing now?

The first step is to check the name of your designated body and responsible officer by visiting the 'My Revalidation' section of your GMC Online account.

Keep an eye on the GMC website and in particular the area devoted to revalidation for doctors in training for any updates and this page.

In addition Wales Deanery will continue to provide you with regular updates and other information through the Revalidation Wales website.

The Professional Support Unit

The Deanery is responsible for all doctors in training in Wales and for any issues that may arise and prevent progression throughout the training process. To ensure the quality management of postgraduate medical education the Deanery has developed systems to respond as quickly as possible to any concerns raised.

The Professional Support Unit supports all doctors in training whose performance has been affected and provides advice, guidance and information regarding concerns to all parties involved in the management of postgraduate medical training.

The Professional Support Unit is pleased to be contacted for advice and guidance regarding any issues affecting progression through training. This includes liaising with employers and agencies about reasonable adjustments to support disabled trainees.

For further information please visit the Support Unit's webpages.