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The General Medical Council (GMC) defines revalidation as “…the process by which all licensed doctors are required to demonstrate on a regular basis that they are up to date and fit to practise in their chosen field and able to provide a good level of care. This means that holding a licence to practise is becoming an indicator that the doctor continues to meet the professional standards set by the GMC”. The process leading to renewal your  Licence to Practise is based on local evaluation of your performance through annual appraisal.

Doctors are expected to participate in annual appraisal and to maintain a portfolio of supporting information to bring to appraisal as a basis for discussion.  The College has prepared some ophthalmology specific guidance on appraisal and revalidation.

Academy of Medical Royal Colleges’ Mythbusters: Revalidation and Appraisal

GMC website: and new guidance on Supporting Information for appraisal and revalidation

GMC’s Information Sharing Principles Guidance

The Reflective Practitioner’ Joint AoMRC, COPMED, GMC and MSC Guidance: 

NHS England Guidance

Supporting locums and doctors in short-term placements: A practical guide for doctors in these roles

Supporting organisations engaging with locums and doctors in short-term placements: A practical guide for healthcare providers, locum agencies and revalidation management services