Revalidation made simple
Although it can seem a little daunting, revalidation is actually a straight forwards process. Here are some helpful hints for appraisal and revalidation.
Have an appraisal once a year
This may seem obvious, but appraisal is your route to revalidation. It is essential you have your appraisal every year. Make sure you have your annual appraisal booked in.
Use a recognised platform
For example: MAG form, Clarity-RCGP Toolkit, Revalidation Toolkit, or GPTools. Local guidance may be available so check with your appraiser in advance. The platform will guide you through the process and allow you to make the necessary probity and health statements. It will also prompt you to add the necessary attachments, such as previous appraisal summaries and PDPs.
Know your revalidation date
In your revalidation year it will probably make sense to have your annual appraisal ahead of the revalidation date. This will help ensure you have all of your revalidation evidence together ahead of the date, including your patient and colleague survey. If you don’t know your revalidation date, you can ask your Responsible Officer. Or you can find it here, by setting up a GMC online account.
Keep a learning log
This should demonstrate an average of 50 credits a year as a minimum. Usually one credit is one hour of learning. If you can demonstrate that learning has had an impact on patient care, you can double credits. For example, you may be able to do this through an audit or case history. When you double for impact, one hour of learning is two credits.
Some of the learning log should reflect your PDP. The log will likely document a variety of learning platforms: lectures, practice educational meetings, learning group meetings, on-line modules, reading, etc.
If you would like to keep your log as a document to attach to your appraisal portfolio, here is one template you can use. This could be especially helpful if you are using the MAG form, which doesn’t make it easy to record reflections (though otherwise the MAG form is an excellent platform for appraisal).Download Learning Log Template
Reflect on Events
Reflect on any complaints, compliments or significant untoward events you have been named in – your annual appraisal platform gives the opportunity to do this. You may find my reflective templates helpful – Click here to view templates – or alternatively these templates offered by the Northern Deanery.
Undertake regular quality improvement activity
For example an audit or reflections on significant events and case histories that have led to improvement in practice. Here are some helpful links to explain this further.
Undertake a colleague and patient survey once in every five-year cycle
This will need to be done before your revalidation date. Check local guidance: there may be a preference for this to be done in the appraisal of your revalidation year. The GMC have published patient and colleague survey forms, which can be found here.