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Supporting Information for appraisal and revalidation


During their annual appraisals, doctors will use supporting information to demonstrate that they are continuing to meet the principles and values set out in Good Medical Practice.

In April 2011, the GMC published new appraisal guidance for revalidation - The Good Medical Practice Framework for Appraisal and Revalidation - which outlines a simpler and more straightforward approach to revalidation and Guidance on Supporting Information for Appraisal and Revalidation which sets out the core supporting information doctors will need to bring to appraisal and the frequency this information will need to be provided in a five-year revalidation cycle.

The supporting information will fall under four broad headings:

  1. General information (personal details, scope of work, record of annual appraisals, personal development plan and probity and health statements)
  2. Keeping up to date
  3. Review of your practice
  4. Feedback on your practice

There are six types of supporting information that all doctors will be expected to provide and discuss at appraisal at least once in each five year cycle. They are:

  1. Continuing professional development
  2. Quality improvement activity
  3. Significant events
  4. Feedback from colleagues
  5. Feedback from patients (where applicable)
  6. Review of complaints and compliments.

By providing the information referred to above over the 5-year revalidation cycle, you should be able to satisfy the requirements of Good Medical Practice

About the Good Medical Practice Framework

The Framework consists of four domains which cover the spectrum of medical practice. They are:

Each domain is described by three attributes. The attributes define the scope and purpose of each domain. These attributes relate to practices or principles of the profession as a whole.

The principles and values have been pared down from the full advice in Good Medical Practice. They are examples of the types of professional behaviours expected of all doctors.


Supporting Information for Appraisal and Revalidation: Guidance for Pharmaceutical Medicine - June 2012

The medical Royal Colleges and Faculties have been working with the GMC both directly and through the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) on an on-going basis to set the standards for revalidation. Where relevant, the Faculty has provided specialty specific advice for pharmaceutical medicine. The final version of the Faculty's guidance document is now available here.

The GMC recommends that doctors in specialist practice should consult the supporting information guidance provided by their college or faculty. This guidance amplifies the headings provided by the GMC, by providing additional detail about the GMC requirements and what each college or faculty expects relating to this, based on their specialty expertise. These expectations are laid out under ‘Requirements'. Further descriptive information is given under the heading 'Guidance'.