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Welcome to the Revalidation Section

This section of the website aims to provide you with all the information you will need for your revalidation journey with the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine. Please select the relevant tabs at the side to take you to the information you require. On this page you will also find any relevant notices and links to important updates, so please do check back regularly. If you are unable to find the information you require or need to contact a member of the Revalidation Team then please do so by e-mailing






NHS England Letter Regarding the Dr Bawa-Garba Case and Reflection 

This is a letter from NHSE that all Responsible Officers have been asked to share with their appraisers and doctors concerning Dr Bawa-Garba and the implications of the case for your own reflective notes in your appraisal portfolios. Sound meaningful reflection, demonstrated through reflective notes in portfolios, are an integral and essential part of revalidation. As this letter says 'Indeed, a doctors professionalism can potentially be called into question by their failing to demonstrate adequate reflective insight. The overall value of reflection is strongly positive for the doctor, the system and, foremost, for patients'.

This letter should provide you with the confidence to reflect fully and provide learnings with your Supporting Information. This does not apply just to those who undertake clinical work but to all doctors holding a licence to practise across their scope of work. As we move into the second cycle, the GMC are putting more emphasis on refection and now specifically give inadequate reflection as one the reasons for a Responsible Officer to submit a request for a deferral of a doctor’s recommendation date. 

The GMC will shortly be publishing an update on Supporting Information which we will be circulating. As one of just a few points in the introduction they say "We’ve emphasised the importance of reflection (and we’re due to publish new, separate guidance on reflective practice also in March)".

The Faculty Designated Body, and appraisers, will be expecting doctors to reflect fully and meaningfully on all parts of their portfolio and the  letter should provide reassurance about the appropriateness of doing so.





Complaints Procedure

It is a requirement of revalidation that all designated bodies have a process for receiving complaints and concerns in respect of the doctors for whom they have a prescribed connection. This is so that they can inform the appraiser or where more serious, be dealt with on a more urgent basis.

If you have any complaint or concern about a pharmaceutical physician for whom we are the designated body, or would like to discuss any related matter, please contact the Faculty Responsible Officer at