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CPD and Revalidation

Revalidation for Physicians

The purpose of revalidation is to assure patients and the public, employers and other healthcare professionals that licensed doctors are up to date and fit to practise.

In order to maintain your licence to practice you will be expected to have at least one appraisal per year that is based on the General Medical Council’s (GMC) core guidance for doctors, Good Medical Practice.  You will need to maintain a portfolio of supporting information drawn from your current practice which demonstrates how you are continuing to meet the requirements set out by the GMC.   

The GMC has set out its requirements for good medical practice, appraisal and revalidation for all doctors in three main documents. These are supported by specialty-specific guidance from the medical royal colleges and faculties, which gives the specialty context for the supporting information required for appraisal. You should therefore ensure that you are familiar with the following:

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Continuing Professional Development

CPD should encourage and support evidence-based changes in practice and career development and be relevant to your practice.  All physicians should demonstrate 50 hours of CPD per year (250 hours over the five year revalidation cycle, of which 125 should be external).

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CPD needs to reflect the spectrum of your clinical work. While it may not be possible to update in all areas in any one year, this should be achieved through the 5 year cycle. Advice is found at

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Revalidation Help Desk and Advice

The Royal College of Physicians (London) hosts a revalidation helpdesk, which we recommend that you use in the event that you need advice on appraisal or revalidation: .  Where necessary, enquiries will be annonymised and directed on for further advice from trained revalidation specialty advisers.

Also there is an FAQ section on the RCP website which answers common questions such as part-timers, recently retired, only doing medico-legal work etc. .

You should also familiarise yourself with the resources available from the RCP:


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