The first step: establishing a ‘prescribed connection’
Establishing a prescribed connection with a designated body is a
vital first step in revalidation.
This is more straightforward for some doctors than others,
depending on their working arrangements.
Most doctors have a connection with one organisation that
provides them with an annual appraisal and helps with revalidation
– that’s their designated body.
The most comprehensive source of advice on this issue is
website, which includes a tool to help you find your designated
body, if you’re not sure.
Within the College, the Private and Independent Practice Special
Interest Group (PIPSIG) has previously organised a series of
workshops looking at the issues affecting independent doctors'
PIPSIG also host a forum to help, for example, doctors find a
PDP peer group. The forum can be accessed from the PIPSIG webpage.
Demonstrating your Continuing Professional Development
An important element of the supporting information needed for
revalidation is CPD.
The easiest way to structure and record your CPD for
revalidation purposes is to use the College CPD scheme.
Further details are available on the College
Collecting feedback from patients and colleagues
You also need to gather feedback from patients and colleagues at
least once in every five year revalidation cycle.
There are various tools and systems to help you to gather this
We recommend ACP 360 Multi-Source Assessment for psychiatrists,
an appraisal process designed specifically for psychiatrists and
fully compliant with GMC requirements.
ACP 360 also provides benchmarked feedback for
We’ve also developed a tool to support expert witnesses to
gather feedback, for example from solicitors and barristers.