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The revalidation portfolio has launched

The College, in partnership with several other medical royal colleges, has launched a revalidation portfolio to help doctors prepare for their annual appraisal and revalidation.

The revalidation portfolio provides Members and Affiliates with a free, secure and easy to use online tool for compiling, storing and managing the supporting information they will need for revalidation.

The portfolio has been developed and tested by a large network of doctors across the UK to ensure that it is user-friendly and simple to use.

Members and Affiliates of the College can register to use the revalidation portfolio below: 

For further information or queries please contact us on


The GMC and Revalidation - urgent message

Late in 2013, the GMC wrote to nearly 8,000 doctors in the UK who have not yet responded to the GMC's request last year for information on those doctors' designated bodies. Each of these 8,000 doctors will now receive a final notice letter, advising them that they have 28 days to either confirm their designated body or tell the GMC they do not have one. If they fail to respond, the GMC will start measures to remove their licence to practise.

If there are any college members this affects, they are advised to contact the GMC immediately. Further information can be found on the GMC website


Revalidation for psychiatrists in private and independent practice

The Private and Independent Practice Special Interest Group (PIPSIG), in conjunction with the Consortium of Expert Witnesses to the Family Courts, is organising a series of workshops to look at particular issues affecting independent doctors who want to revalidate. These will be held in Belfast, Birmingham, London, Cardiff, Leeds and Edinburgh. As well as this core issue, the day will also include a broader programme of CPD relevant to this group of doctors. If you are a college member you will need to join PIPSIG before applying for a place on one of the workshops. For further information about the workshops, please vist the PIPSIG pages of the college website. 


Feedback on Specialty Guidance for Psychiatrists

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges recently ran three different surveys (for doctors / appraisees, appraisers and responsible officers) to gather feedback on the effectiveness of specialty guidance on appraisal and revalidation. The surveys have now closed. Many thanks to all members who responded to the surveys - your feedback will help the college develop its guidance for psychiatrists and make the support we can offer to members more effective. The results are currently being analysed and will help shape and inform the Academy's report in the New Year.


ACP 360 Multi-Source Assessment for Psychiatrists

The Royal College of Psychiatrists recommends ACP 360 Multi-Source Assessment for psychiatrists, an appraisal process designed specifically for psychiatrists by the College Centre for Quality Improvement (CCQI) and fully compliant with GMC requirements. ACP 360 is the only tool that has been designed and validated for psychiatrists by psychiatrists with service user input. It is also the only tool that provides benchmarked feedback for psychiatrists - each psychiatrist receives results in the context of benchmarks from thousands of other UK psychiatrists who have already completed the process.


RCPsych Revalidation Forms

The following forms, based on the appendices of Revalidation Guidance for Psychiatrists (College Report 172), may be of use in collecting the information required for revalidation. They are available in Word document or interactive PDF format.

  1. Case-based discussion: PDF | Word
  2. Audit pro forma: PDF | Word
  3. Multisource feedback colleague: PDF | Word
  4. Multisource feedback patient/carer: PDF | Word
  5. Significant event audit: PDF | Word
  6. Complaint report: PDF | Word


RCPsych Revalidation Resources


Revalidation Information from Other Organisations



If you have any questions or comments about revalidation, please email


Dr Ellen Wilkinson

Associate Registrar for Revalidation


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