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RCPsych resources - updated revalidation guidance now available

On 1 September 2014 the College published its revised guidance for psychiatrists on supporting information for appraisal and revalidation. The new guidance, which replaces College Report 172, can be found here: Supporting Information for Appraisal and Revalidation: Guidance for Psychiatrists (CR194). The College also provides Good Practice Guidelines for Appraisal and materials from revalidation specialty training courses for regional advisors, held in September 2013.


The RCPsych revalidation portfolio

With revalidation now part of all doctors' working lives the College, in partnership with several other medical royal colleges, provides a revalidation portfolio to help members prepare for their annual appraisal and revalidation.

The revalidation portfolio is a free, secure and easy to use online tool for compiling, storing and managing the supporting information required for revalidation. The portfolio allows access to a doctor's supporting information by a nominated appraiser and responsible officer.

To start using the revalidation portfolio there is a two-stage process for College members, requiring an initial expression of interest (via the College website) and then registering to use the portfolio on the externally hosted site. To start this process please click on the link below: 


Doctors without a prescribed connection to a designated body

Establishing a prescribed connection with a designated body is still an issue for a number of psychiatrists. The most comprehensive source of advice on this issue is the GMC website, which includes an algorithm to help doctors find their designated bodies. Other external bodies which may be able to help include the Independent Doctors Federation, who can provide appraisal and revalidation services to doctors.

Within the College, the Private and Independent Practice Special Interest Group (PIPSIG) has organised a series of workshops looking at the issues affecting independent doctors' revalidation, and further details on the workshops can be found on the PIPSIG pages of the college website. PIPSIG also host a forum to help, for example, doctors find a PDP peer group. The forum can be accessed from the PIPSIG webpage.


ACP 360 multi-source assessment for psychiatrists

One of the key requirements of revalidation is for doctors to gather feedback from patients and from colleagues at least once in every five year revalidation cycle. The College recommends ACP 360 Multi-Source Assessment for psychiatrists, an appraisal process designed specifically for psychiatrists by the College Centre for Quality Improvement (CCQI) and fully compliant with GMC requirements. ACP 360 is the only tool that has been designed and validated for psychiatrists by psychiatrists with service user input. It is also the only tool that provides benchmarked feedback for psychiatrists - each psychiatrist receives results in the context of benchmarks from thousands of other UK psychiatrists who have already completed the process. For more information, please click on the link below:


RCPsych revalidation forms

The following forms, based on the appendices of Supporting Information for Appraisal and Revalidation: Guidance for Psychiatrists (CR194), may be of use in collecting the information required for revalidation. They are available in Word document or interactive PDF format.


Revalidation information from other organisations


Contact and helpdesk

If you have any questions or comments about revalidation, please email the RCPsych revalidation helpdesk:


Dr Ellen Wilkinson

Associate Registrar for Revalidation.


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