ARCP and revalidation

Revalidation is the method which the General Medical Council (GMC) monitor doctors to ensure they are up to date with evolving medical care and are fit to practice.

It is likely that licensed doctors; including doctors in Foundation year two and specialty training will have to revalidate. This is usually every five years (subject to review by the GMC). Doctors in postgraduate training will revalidate when they receive their Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) or Certification of Eligibility for GP Registration (CEGPR).

NHSE Kent, Surrey and Sussex (KSS) is committed to enabling its doctors in postgraduate training to revalidate by providing current and accurate information and support.

Annual Review of Competency Progression panel (ARCP)

To find out more about ARCPs in NHSE KSS, visit the general ARCP webpage.

The ARCP outcome form is the primary vehicle for revalidation references for trainees although if there has not been a recent ARCP then other references can be accepted.

The national process requires data in two parts to be collected for revalidation – information from GP trainees and from the employer(s). The employer(s) will supply information to NHSE KSS in order to inform the revalidation process through the ARCP.

GP trainees who have undertaken a placement in general practice (and thus been registered on the National Performers List), will also receive information from the Local Area Team.

Enhanced Form R

All doctors in training are required to complete the Form R documentation for ARCP and revalidation purposes and the GP School is required to have this available in advance of the ARCP.  

The Form R must be completed fully and accurately by all doctors in training to ensure that the ‘trainee re-affirms his/her commitment to training and thereby remains registered for their training programme’.