Revalidation is the General Medical Council’s way of regulating licensed doctors to give extra confidence to patients that their doctors are up to date and fit to practise. The GMC rolled out revalidation across the UK at the end of 2012.

Licensed doctors including doctors in foundation year two and specialty training have to revalidate, usually every five years. In addition, for doctors in postgraduate training, you also revalidate when you receive your Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT).

STFS is committed to enabling its doctors in postgraduate training to revalidate by providing as much information and support as possible and will provide you with regular updates.

A series of FAQs is available at

How will I revalidate?

Heatlh Education Kent, Surrey & Sussex (HEKSS) is the Designated Body for foundation doctors training in both KSS and South London trusts

Professor Alec (Graeme) Dewhurst, your Postgraduate Dean, is your Responsible Officer.

As a doctor in foundation, you will revalidate in a similar way to other licensed doctors. When the time comes for you to be revalidated your Responsible Officer will make a recommendation to the GMC that you are up to date, fit to practise and should be revalidated.

What is a Responsible Officer?

A Responsible Officer is a senior clinician in a Designated Body who ensures that the doctors for whom they are the prescribed connection continue to practice safely and are properly supported and managed in maintaining their professional standards.

What is a Designated Body?

A Designated Body is the organisation that a licensed doctor has a connection with that provides them with support for revalidation.

How will the GMC know my Designated Body?

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are connected to the correct Designated Body.  You can do this by updating your GMC On-line account.

What information will I need to provide to be revalidated?

Licensed doctors need to collect supporting information to show how they are meeting the GMC’s professional standards in their daily practice based the GMC’s core guidance for doctors Good Medical Practice.