Medical Revalidation for Doctors in Training

On these pages you will find all the information about revalidation for junior doctors in training.  Further information can be found on the General Medical Council (GMC) website and in the latest edition of the Gold Guide.

For the purposes of medical revalidation the designated body will be HEE Wessex, and the Responsible Officer (RO) is Dr Paul Sadler, Postgraduate Dean. HEE Wessex will remain as the trainee’s Designated Body until their training has concluded and/or they no longer require an National Training Number (NTN).  

Trainees on Out of Programme (OOP) or in their Period of Grace must remain connected to HEE Wessex during this time, as they will still have an HEE Wessex NTN.  

The aim is to support doctors in their professional development, helping to improve quality, patient safety and public confidence in the profession. 

Trainees should be aware that we are required to make revalidation recommendations at two points:  

  • five years after a doctor in training has been awarded full registration with a licence to practice 
  • when a doctor in training becomes eligible to apply for their Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT). 

Trainees will be notified of their revalidation submission date – further information can be found on the General Medical Council (GMC) Website. This link also includes details of the recommendations your RO can make to the GMC. 

Trainees should check that the Designated Body stated in the e-mail from the GMC is correct and if not update it on GMC connect. 

Doctors who an RO or Medical Director has serious concerns regarding their fitness to practice will be referred to the GMC at any time using the standard Fitness to Practice channels.  Further information about referrals to the GMC and when to self-refer can be found on the GMC Website.

Temporary License to Practise status

In March 2020 the GMC gave temporary emergency registration to, or restored the licence to practise of, over 30,000 doctors to enable them to work as a doctor to support the pandemic.  This included those doctors who had relinquished their Licence to Practise due to taking a formal break between training programmes and were not working clinically in the UK at that time.

Doctors in formal training programmes are required to hold a permanent Licence to Practise throughout the duration of their programme.  Therefore if you were issued with a temporary LTP you will need to restore your permanent license ahead of your start date.

If you are not sure whether this applies to you please check your status on the List of Registered Medical Practitioners online here https://www.gmc-uk.org/registration-and-licensing/the-medical-register#searchTheRegister.  If your LTP was temporarily restored this will be stated on your entry.

More details on restoring your LTP can be found here https://www.gmc-uk.org/registration-and-licensing/managing-your-registration/changing-your-status-on-the-register/apply-for-or-restore-a-licence-to-practise

Contact us

For any queries about revalidation please contact revalidation.wx@hee.nhs.uk