Revalidation and appraisal

Revalidation is the process by which all licensed doctors are required to demonstrate on a regular basis they are up to date and fit to practise in their chosen field and able to provide a good level of care. Holding a licence to practise is the indicator a doctor continues to meet the professional standards set by the General Medical Council (GMC) and the standards set by the Royal Colleges and Faculties. Licensed doctors are required to revalidate every five years by having an annual appraisal based on the GMC’s core guidance for doctors, Good Medical Practice.
Designated bodyIn order to engage in the revalidation process, doctors must have an appropriate connection to a designated body. All licensed doctor’s have a connection with one organisation which provides them with an annual appraisal and helps them with revalidation. It is the responsible officer of this designated body who makes a recommendation about you, usually every five years, that you are up to date, fit to practise and should be revalidated. There are a clear set of rules which determine which organisation is your designated body. For most doctors, this is quite straightforward and you can find advice on the GMC website.


Templars Medical is a designated body If you are working with us, or about to embark on work with us, we may well be your most appropriate designated body. We have been a designated body since the regulations came into force and so have many years experience in supporting our doctor’s through revalidation.


If you feel Templars Medical is your designated body or would like advice about your situation, contact us at

Annual appraisalYour designated body will provide you with an annual appraisal which will be based on the GMC’s core guidance for doctors, Good Medical Practice. Doctors are responsible for collecting the information which demonstrates they are up to date and fit to practice and are meeting the professional standards as set out by the GMC.

Useful links when preparing for revalidationGMC – information for licensed doctors
NHS England – information on revalidation

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