Revalidation for specialty doctors in training in HEKSS managed programmes

Revalidation is the General Medical Council’s new way of regulating licensed doctors to give extra confidence to patients that their doctors are up to date and fit to practise. Revalidation started on 3rd December 2012 and the GMC expects to revalidate the majority of licensed doctors for the first time across the UK by March 2016.

Licensed doctors including doctors in foundation year two and specialty training are subject to revalidation. A revalidation submission is usually made for all eligible doctors on a five years cycle after full registration with the GMC. For doctors in higher specialty training programmes, a revalidation submission is also usually made when you receive your Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) or Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration for Combined Programmes (CESR CP).

How will I revalidate?

If you are in a foundation training programme with the South Thames Foundation School, or in a core or higher specialty training programme in the Kent, Surrey and Sussex region, then HEE’s Kent, Surrey and Sussex local team (HEE KSS) is your designated body for revalidation and Professor Alec Dewhurst is your ‘Responsible Officer’ for revalidation. Professor Dewhurst is the Postgraduate Dean for HEE KSS. HEE KSS is a local team that forms part of HEE’s London and South East regional team (HEE LaSE) alongside HEE’s three local teams covering London.

As a doctor in foundation or specialty training, you participate in revalidation in a similar way to other licensed doctors who are not in training. When the time comes for a revalidation submission about you to be made to the GMC by your Responsible Officer, the RO will make a recommendation to the GMC that you are up to date and fit to practise with no known unresolved fitness to practise concerns.

What is a “responsible officer”?

A responsible officer is a senior clinician in a designated body who ensures that the doctors with whom they have a ‘prescribed connection’ continue to practice safely and are properly supported and managed in maintaining their professional standards.

What is a “designated body”?

A designated body is the organisation to which a licensed doctor has a prescribed connection. It manages the administration of revalidation for doctors connected to it.

How will the recommendation be made for revalidation?

Your Responsible Officer (the postgraduate dean at your HEE local team), will base his/her recommendation on your participation in the Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) process.

What information will I need to provide to be revalidated?

Licensed doctors will need to collect supporting information to show how they are meeting our professional standards in their daily practice based the GMC’s core guidance for doctors, Good Medical Practice.

As a doctor in training, you will be generating this information to meet the requirements of your curriculum and training programme. This is predominantly done by maintaining and updating your ePortfolio as a record of competence progression against the curriculum throughout the year, and the review of this progression at annual ‘ARCPs’ (see below).

What should I be doing now?

The first step is to confirm your designated body by logging onto GMC Online.

Keep an eye on the GMC website and in particular the area devoted to revalidation for doctors in training for any updates and this page. In addition, your designated body may also provide you with regular updates and other information.


You may find our Frequently Asked Questions page useful.

If you have any queries not covered in our FAQs and related to revalidation for HEE trainees, please email