Revalidation started on 3 December 2012 and it is expected that the majority of licensed doctors in the UK will revalidate for the first time by March 2016.

Revalidation is the process by which licensed doctors are required to demonstrate on a regular basis that they are up to date and fit to practise. Revalidation aims to give extra confidence to patients that their doctor is being regularly checked by their employer and the GMC.

Every doctor who holds a licence to practise is legally required to revalidate, usually every five years, by having a regular appraisal based on the GMC’s core guidance for doctors, Good Medical Practice.

Simon Kendall, medical director for clinical and diagnostic support services, is the trust’s responsible officer. He is responsible for making recommendations to the GMC about the trust’s licensed doctors.

The trust is committed to ensuring that doctors remain fit to practise by ensuring its processes are robust to meet the requirements for revalidation.