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Revalidation in Wales

Useful Information

Useful information relating to appraisal and revalidation in Wales.


Some documents are currently in the process of being reviewed and translated, if you require anything not included on this page, please contact the Revalidation Support Unit  (RSU) at

GMC Resources

The GMC have a wide variety of resources to support Responsible Officers and their teams in understanding their role and to manage appraisal and revalidation.

These resources can all be accessed via their website.

In particular, the following resources will be of interest:

Revalidation for Trainees

The GMC has published a leaflet on 'How doctors in training will revalidate', read it to find out more about the process.

Appraisal and Revalidation Resources developed in Wales

All Wales Medical Appraisal Policy

This high-level policy document has been developed to support the implementation of local processes which are fit for purpose for revalidation, consistent, fair and add value in their own right.

Medical Exceptions Protocol 

The Exceptions Protocol is currently under review. If you would like a copy, please contact the Revalidation Support Unit on

The Medical Exceptions Protocol provides a recap of some of the key principles of medical appraisal in Wales, its links with revalidation and its management in that context.  It focuses on how the minority of situations which diverge from the normal appraisal route will be managed by the relevant organisation, i.e., the Revalidation Support Unit, HEIW and / or the Designated Body (DB).

This document is of key interest to:

  • Secondary Care Appraisers
  • Designated Body Appraisal and Revalidation Teams


Medical Exceptions Management Guidance

The Medical Exceptions Management Guidance is currently under review. If you would like a copy, please contact the Revalidation Support Unit on

Medical Exceptions Guidance [link]

Prescribed Connections

The GMC outlines that nearly every doctor will have a prescribed connection to a designated body, for the majority of doctors this will be very straight forward. However, some doctors may find it difficult to establish a prescribed connection with any existing designated body and should therefore contact the GMC for further guidance.

If a doctor moves designated body. it can be difficult for the new Responsible Officer to obtain enough information regarding that doctor for them to make a revalidation recommendation, particularly if the doctor moves shortly before their revalidation date. A sub group of the Wales Revalidation Appraisal Group (WRAG) developed a Responsible Officer Information Flow Form   which needs to be completed by the doctor and the previous Responsible Officer. This form is then passed to the new Responsible Officer allowing them to become aware of any current issues etc.

Conflicts of Interest

This document outlines how to manage conflicts of interest between a doctor and an RO in the context of Revalidation.

This policy is currently under review, any processes in motion might need to be reviewed considering amends to the next agreed version.

Medical Appraisal Support-kit for Appraisers and Doctors in Wales

The aim of the Toolkit is to provide Appraisers, and the Doctors and colleagues they support, a central resource for NHS, external and local wellbeing support.

Medical Appraisal Support-kit for Appraisers and Doctors in Wales

Appraisal Lead Core Role Profile

Appraisal Lead Core Role Profile 

Competency Framework for Medical Appraisers

This document sets out some of the competencies you would expect a medical appraiser to demonstrate. There is no set job description for a medical appraiser, but this will be useful resource for DBs who are looking to develop an appraiser JD.

Competency Framework for Medical Appraisers






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