This RCGP Guide to supporting information for appraisal and revalidation (April 2018) is based on the new GMC Supporting information for appraisal and revalidation (April 2018).

These key documents outline the types of supporting information required to demonstrate your continued competence across your whole scope of practice. There is no significant change to the six types of supporting information required by the GMC for a positive revalidation recommendation:

  • Continuing professional development (CPD)
  • Quality improvement activities (QIA)
  • Significant events (SE)
  • Feedback from patients or those to whom you provide medical services
  • Feedback from colleagues
  • Review of compliments and complaints
  • The GMC requirements are necessarily broad enough to fit every doctor, no matter what area, sector or scope of practice.

GMC requirements and Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) guidance have been interpreted by the RCGP for all GPs, irrespective of their scope of practice, and recognising that GPs are specialist generalists dealing with uncertainty and complexity. There is still a need to remove inconsistencies in the interpretation of earlier guidance and to reduce the burden of the amount of documentation required to successfully revalidate. Each section is structured to highlight the GMC requirement(s) (in red), followed by the updated RCGP general practitioner specific recommendation(s) (in black). This document provides additional detail for GPs on providing the supporting information required by the GMC.

GPs should also understand the process of annual medical appraisal for revalidation as defined for GPs in England in the Revalidation Support Team’s Medical appraisal guide, for GPs in Scotland in NHS Scotland’s A Guide to Appraisal for Medical Revalidation, for GPs in Wales in the Wales Deanery’s All Wales Medical Appraisal Policy and for GPs in Northern Ireland in documentation provided by the Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency.

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