The Process of Being Revalidated
The LMC is regularly approached by GPs asking who their Responsible Officer (RO) is, and when will they be interviewed by them to be revalidated. We hope the following will be useful but if you require more information the LMC has also produced a booklet Appraisal and Revalidation Guidance for GP's and Nurses
All GPs by should now know who their RO is. If you are a General Practitioner in the South of England you will connect to the local office that manages the performers list for that area:
South East: Kent, Surrey, Sussex. email@example.com , 01732 375200
Wessex: Southampton, Hampshire, IOW, Portsmouth, Bournemouth & Poole, Dorset. firstname.lastname@example.org 0113 824 9948
South West: Bristol, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Devon, Cornwall, Isles of Scilly. email@example.com , 0113 824 8951
Each RO is responsible for between 1-2500 doctors, and you will, therefore, not be required to have a face-to-face meeting with the RO.
A small team working with the RO will ensure you have:
- successfully completed your annual appraisals
- provided all the required supporting information
- undertaken the colleague and patient surveys
- discussed the results with an appraiser
and that there are no outstanding concerns or complaints about you. They will then feedback to the RO who submits the required positive revalidation recommendation to the GMC.
Therefore the vast majority of GPs will know nothing of the process until they receive their renewed “licence to practise” from the GMC.
Those doctors who have not been able to fullfil all the requirements in time for their recommendation date for good reasons, or who are in an ongoing investigation, may be deferred.
Very few doctors, who fail to engage with the appraisal and revalidation process, will be referred to the GMC for failure to engage.
Please click here to read a statement from the RO to clarify the position on toolkits.
Please click here to read a statement from the RO regarding Confidentiality in the Appraisal and Revalidation System.
Useful link to the NHS England website: http://www.england.nhs.uk/south/bgsw-at/gp-app-rev/
The NHS England national appraisal policy can be found at: http://www.england.nhs.uk/revalidation/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2014/04/med-app-policy-1013.pdf