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Revalidation in Scotland

The GMC regulates licensed doctors and revalidation is an additional review that aims to give extra confidence to patients that their doctors are up to date and fit to practise.

Licensed doctors will have to revalidate, usually every five years, by having regular appraisals that are based on the core GMC guidance for doctors, Good Medical Practice 2013.

These regular checks on doctors will help improve the quality of care received by patients.

There are four domains in Good medical practice (2013) that are appraised annually:

Only doctors who have a licence to practise will need to revalidate.


What does this mean for me?

Visit Revalidation in training if you are a trainee. Your Designated Body is NES, and your Responsible Officer is Professor Stewart Irvine, Medical Director, or delegated RO for your specialty grouping.

NES supports revalidation for all Scottish doctors using Scottish Online Appraisal Resource (SOAR) and has a area specifically devoted to revalidation for trainees. Remember to read the GMC guidance for doctors in training.

Doctors in practice

Doctors working in Health Boards, hospitals and GP Practices will need to be revalidated over the next four years. Local Boards will have arrangements for revalidation and further information should be sought directly from them on how to use SOAR. Royal Colleges may be issuing information, but remember that Scotland has a separate system for revalidation and guidance may refer to England only. The GMC has issued guidance for further information.

Public, patients and other staff

The GMC have produced guidance for patients and the public on what validation means, and how to have input into the system.


If you have any other questions related to your revalidation, please send them to revalidation.enquiries@nes.scot.nhs.uk