Supporting information for GMC revalidation
During annual appraisals you will use supporting information to demonstrate that you are continuing to meet the principles and values set out in Good Medical Practice and the public health specialty-specific guidance.
All doctors, regardless of the nature of their practice, should be able to provide the types of supporting information specified, although the specific information may differ in certain categories depending on your practice and the context in which you work.
Types of supporting information
The supporting information that you will need to bring to your appraisal will fall under four broad headings:
- General information - providing context about what you do in all aspects of your work.
- Keeping up to date - maintaining and enhancing the quality of your professional work.
- Review of your practice - evaluating the quality of your professional work.
- Feedback on your practice - how others perceive the quality of your professional work.
There are six types of supporting information that you will be expected to provide and discuss at your appraisal at least once in each five-year cycle. They are:
- Continuing professional development
- Quality improvement activity
- Significant events
- Feedback from colleagues
- Feedback from patients (where applicable)
- Review of complaints and compliments
The nature of the supporting information will reflect your particular specialist practice and your other professional roles. For example, an appropriate quality-improvement activity will vary across different specialties and roles. If you feel that you are unable to collect all pieces of supporting information you should discuss the matter with your appraiser.
More information about the different types of supporting information can be found in the FPH revalidation policy and processes document.
Using supporting information in appraisal
An appraiser will want to know what you think the supporting information says about your practice and how you intend to develop or modify your practice as a result of that reflection. For example, how you responded to a significant event and any changes to your work as a result, rather than the number of significant events that occurred.
By providing all six types of supporting information over the revalidation cycle, you should, through reflection and discussion at appraisal, have demonstrated your practice against all 12 attributes outlined in Good Medical Practice Framework for Appraisal and Assessment and the public health specialty-specific guidance. This will make it easier for your appraiser to complete the appraisal and for your Responsible Officer (RO) to make a recommendation to the GMC about your revalidation.
Reflection is an important aspect of revalidation - as a driver by which you can improve the quality of your professional practice. Doctors will need to reflect on their supporting information and document that reflection as a way of providing insight into their work and, in turn, informing the appraisal discussion. FPH has produced Writing Effective Reflective Notes.
Good reflection goes beyond descriptive observation. It demonstrates evidence of analytical thinking, learning and action planning. The intention is that you provide insight on your supporting information and, in turn, your professional practice, approach to medicine and demonstrate compliance with Good Medical Practice.