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revalidationThe renewal process by which doctors in the UK demonstrate to the General Medical Council (GMC) on a regular basis (e.g., every 5 years) that they remain up to date and fit to practise. In managed-environment NHS trusts, this occurs via regular appraisals. Doctors who work outside of a managed system must demonstrate through a portfolio of evidence that they undertake continuing professional development (CPD) and adopt the principles set out in GMC’s Good Medical Practice:
1. Good professional practice;
2. Maintaining good medical practice;
3. Relationships with patients;
4. Working with colleagues;
5. Teaching and training;
Revalidation, three elements
• Recertification—to confirm that doctors on the GMC’s specialist register or GP register continue to meet the standards appropriate for their specialty;
• Flagging for further investigation and remediation doctors whose practice may be impaired—the GMC may inspect a doctor’s evidence of keeping up to date over any five-year period; generally a doctor’s satisfactory participation in ongoing appraisal suffices to satisfy the GMC’s requirements.