Revalidation submission dates for UK doctors have been put back by up to 12 months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the General Medical Council (GMC), this means doctors with a revalidation date between 17 March 2020 and 16 March 2021 can have their revalidation delayed for up to a year.
The GMC states that it has also increased flexibility during the pandemic so responsible officers can make a revalidation recommendation at any point from now up to a doctor’s new revalidation date.
The GMC has also confirmed that a missed appraisal as a result of the pandemic should not prevent a recommendation being made about a doctor’s revalidation. This means responsible officers can make a revalidation recommendation for a doctor with less than five annual appraisals, providing there is a legitimate reason for the missed appraisal and that other necessary supporting information has been collated.
Charlie Massey, the GMC’s chief executive, said, “The coronavirus pandemic is an unprecedented challenge and we are doing all we can to support doctors and employers. Deferring revalidation dates will help free up more time, allowing them to provide the best possible to care to patients. We’ve also listened to responsible officers, who told us they would welcome flexibility in making recommendations to revalidate doctors whose dates have changed. So, we have agreed that those recommendations can be made at any time up to a doctor’s revised date.”