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Revalidation requirements for doctors in training

If you are a doctor in training, you revalidate by engaging in your training programme.

This means you must:

  • engage in and meet the assessment and curriculum requirements of your training programme
  • discuss your progress and learning needs with your educational supervisors (including any practice you do outside of your training programme). 

Your responsible officer is usually your postgraduate dean. They will usually make a revalidation recommendation to us every five years, confirming you are up to date and fit to practise. They base this recommendation on your participation in the Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) process, or equivalent.

What other information do you need to submit?

For the work you do as part of your training we do not expect you to participate in additional whole practice appraisals, or to collect additional supporting information that is not already a requirement of your training programme or curriculum.

If you do any additional practice that requires a licence, outside your training programme posts (for example, locum work or private practice), you must declare it as part of the documentation for your ARCP. You must inform your responsible officer of any fitness to practise concerns, complaints about you or significant events you’re involved in from across your whole practice (this includes practice outside your training posts). You may also need to provide other supporting information and details of the responsible officers at other places where you work. This will allow your responsible officer to get feedback on your work as a whole and gain assurance that you are fit to practise.

COPMeD publications

The Conference of Post-graduate Medical Deans of the United Kingdom (COPMeD) website also provides guidance on: