Home » Professional Development » Revalidation » Do I Need to Revalidate?
last updated:08/01/2016 @ 2:55 pm

« Revalidation

Do I Need to Revalidate?

Print this page

Do I Need to Revalidate?

Find my designated body

Each doctor must determine for themselves who their designated body is and the GMC has developed this online tool to help.

Working overseas

Revalidation and doctors working overseas.

Why revalidate?


Revalidation is essential if you wish to retain your licence to practise in the UK.

Engagement with the process will:

  • Indicate your professionalism to colleagues and the public
  • Provide confirmation of your fitness to practise
  • Demonstrate to the public that you are up to date

The Faculty Responsible Officer (RO) and Designated Bodies


As a designated body, the Faculty has appointed a Responsible Officer (RO), Dr David Flower. His role is to make a recommendation to the GMC once every five years. This decision is based on reviewing the documentation (annual appraisals, CPD, 360 feedback) which has been uploaded into PReP. The final decision about whether a doctor maintains their licence is made by the GMC and the role, duties and responsibilities of the RO have been established in both Parliamentary legislation and the by the GMC as the regulator.

The majority of doctors will relate to the RO in the organisation where they are employed, such as within the NHS or Armed Forces. However some doctors, and this includes many occupational physicians who may work with a number of different clients or in single handed practice, will not be able to access an RO within their organisation.

The Faculty of Occupational Medicine is a designated body and therefore provides the RO function to those of its members who do not have another prescribed connection. There is also provision in the regulations for the Faculty RO to provide the function to more than one designated body, which may better suit some smaller organisations.

The Faculty has created a guide for doctors using the Faculty’s RO,  ‘Preparing for Revalidation’’. It covers a wide range of topics relating to revalidation, such as the type of supporting information you should gather, the recommendation statements the RO will make to the GMC and also the timings of the recommendations. Doctors not using the Faculty RO are welcome to read this guidance, although some of it may not be relevant and your RO should issue you with your own specific guidance.

Dr Flower can be contacted at ro@fom.ac.uk

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2010/9780111500286/contents

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2013/391/contents/made

http://www.gmc-uk.org/static/documents/content/Responsible_Officer_Protocol.pdf


Is the Faculty of Occupational Medicine my designated body?


If you are a member of the Faculty the Faculty may be your designated body. Please use the GMC tool at the top of this page to establish this.


What if I work primarily in occupational medicine but don’t hold a Faculty qualification?


Doctors without a formal Faculty qualification who spend the majority of their practice in occupational medicine may join the Faculty for the purpose of revalidation, please see the Revalidating Subscribers page for more information.

For further information about revalidation contact the Head of Professional Standards, Rachel Soper.