While you are a doctor in training in the East of England, your designated body for revalidation will be NHSE Education East of England. Your Responsible Officer will be Professor William Irish.
In the same way as your ARCP, the revalidation process for all doctors involves reviewing documented evidence to satisfy the Responsible Officer, who will make a recommendation to the GMC.
It is the responsibility of the individual doctor to maintain and provide documentation in support of revalidation.
For the Responsible Officer to make a revalidation recommendation, they need to take into account the complete scope of doctor’s practice. Therefore for revalidation, trainees will be required to declare any extra work they may do outside of training in their capacity as a doctor, either as a locum, in private practice or in a voluntary role.
Documentation must be maintained throughout the five year revalidation cycle.
It is the responsibility of the individual doctor to ensure that they have collated sufficient documentation to cover the six areas assessed for revalidation. This documentation must be stored in the portfolio. It must be discussed at least once in each five year cycle and will determine if a doctor can revalidate.
- Continuing Professional Development
- Quality Improvement Activity
- Significant Events
- Feedback from Colleagues
- Feedback from Patients (where applicable)
- Review of Complaints and Compliments
Trainees already maintain much of the supporting information required for revalidation in an ARCP e-portfolio. For example, quality improvement activity is evidenced by participation in audit and feedback from colleagues through multi-source feedback requirements in training. Information and reflections on significant events, complaints and compliments should also be included in a trainee’s portfolio. You will also be required to provide a Form R (Part B) for all ARCPs.
Form R (Part B)
Included in the Form R Part B are questions about significant events, complaints, compliments, probity and health. In addition, there is a scope of practice section where trainees are required to list their past and present employers, host training organisation (HTO) placements, time out of programme, advisory or voluntary roles or any other activity undertaken since their last ARCP in their capacity as a registered medical practitioner (including all locum and non NHS work, even that done with their current employer/HTO).
Wider Scope of Practice Form
Trainees completing any work as a medical professional outside of their programme (i.e. locum shifts, cosmetic work) must declare this on their Form R part B. Trainees must also complete the Wider Scope of Practice form as a declaration to their Responsible Officer regarding their Fitness to Practice within these roles. This form can be found on our ARCP documents page.
For further information regarding this matter please visit this link to the GMC website. Under section 5 of the Guidance for Doctors: requirements for revalidation and maintaining your licence, on Page 30 of this document it states the following:
"If you do any additional practice that requires a licence, outside your training programme posts (for example, locum work or private practice), you must discuss this with your responsible officer (or educational supervisor on their behalf) and declare it as part of the documentation for your ARCP. You may also need to provide 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. 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)."
Out of Programme and Maternity Leave
While you are Out of Programme you will need to continue collecting evidence for your revalidation. The minimum you are expected to provide for your annual assessment while you are Out of Programme or on maternity leave is outlined on our Revalidation OOP and Maternity Leave page, and ensures that your Responsible Officer has all the necessary information for your revalidation recommendation when the time comes.
Educational Supervisor’s Report
The Educational Supervisor’s report will include additional questions regarding concerns and investigations relating to conduct, capability, serious incidents (SIs), significant event investigations or complaints.
Employers’ Exception Exit Reports
An Exception Exit Report will be collected by the LETB from each host training organisation (HTO). Each HTO is required to inform the LETB of any trainee who has been involved in conduct, capability, formal serious incidents, significant event investigations of complaints via an Exception Exit Report.
If no trainees at the HTO have been involved in any of the events listed above, they must inform the LETB that there is nothing to report since the last request for information.
Exception Exit Reports will be requested every 2-3 months.
ARCP Outcome Form
The ARCP panel will determine whether or not there are any causes for concern, and the chair of the panel will relay this to the Responsible Officer via the ARCP Outcome Form.
Doctors under investigation and support
There are a number of resources available that help deal with the stress of an investigation. There are guides available on the GMC website of our investigation's are carried out.
Support for doctors
The GMC have commissioned the BMA to run the Doctor Support Service on their behalf. Where a complaint has been made to the GMC any doctor can ask for support from the Doctor support service. The support is available from when a complaint is made until the outcome of the case. The Doctor Support Service has recently been made available to include doctors who are at risk of having their license withdrawn.
What can the service offer?
The Doctor Support Service:
offers you emotional support from another doctor who is experienced in providing peer support, and is completely independent from the GMC
is free and available for all doctors – you don’t need to be a member of the BMA to access it
is completely confidential
What sort of support is available?
6 hours of telephone support, subject to availability, from the time a complaint is received by the GMC until the matter is concluded. Or from the time you receive notification from the GMC that your license to practice is at risk.
Face to face support, subject to availability of supporters, on the first day of a hearing and one further day if the hearing runs for more than a day
An orientation visit on the morning of your hearing, if you would find it useful to look around the hearing room before it starts. You can arrange this with your supporter.
Or watch a tour of the hearing centre on the MPTS website.
How to get in touch
Call 020 7383 6707 to speak to a supporter, or request a call back.
Or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, telephone number, and the best time to contact you. A supporter will then call you back.