Revalidation FAQs and RCPCH helpdesk

Paediatricians can find answers to the majority of their revalidation questions by referring to the below FAQs and related guidance. Additional support is available via the College's revalidation helpdesk

The FAQs/guidance should be read in conjunction with the supporting information guidance and appraisal and revalidation frameworks in the supporting information section. 

FAQs and associated guidance

Patients and the public

Patient information leaflet on revalidation (PDF)

All doctors

General FAQs (GMC)

General FAQs (Academy of Medical Royal Colleges)

General FAQs (NHS England) (PDF)

General guidance (BMA) (NB some pages require a login to access)


Trainee FAQs (KSS) (PDF, 4 pages, 50 KB)

HEE trainee revalidation guide (Severn) (PDF, 3 pages, 603 KB)

HEE trainee revalidation quiz (Severn) (PDF, 9 pages, 196 KB)

SAS doctors

Guidance for SAS doctors (RCPCH) (PDF, 11 pages, 2 MB)

SAS appraisal guidance for employers (NHS Employers)


Appraiser FAQs (NHS England)

Appraisers of RCPCH clinical examiners retired from medical practice (RCPCH, PDF, 3 pages)

Retired doctors

Retired doctors and those preparing to retire FAQs (GMC via Academy)

UK doctors working overseas

FAQ for overseas doctors or those wanting to work overseas (RCPCH/GMC/AoMRC) (PDF, 6 pages, 257 KB)

See also HEE trainee revalidation guide in Trainees section above

Doctors without a prescribed connection to a designated body

Guidance on what to do (GMC)

NB: Doctors without a connection who are following the GMC direct route are required to complete a revalidation assessment once every five years. However if the doctor has evidence of a pass in a UK or Royal College or Faculty examination within the previous five years at the time they are asked to complete the revalidation assessment, they would not be required to undertake the GMC revalidation assessment. The doctor must provide evidence to show they have completed all parts of the relevant examination.

Expectations about licence to practice for those in RCPCH roles

RCPCH role guidance (PDF, 1 page, 100 KB)

Guidance about licence to practice for those in non RCPCH roles

Non-RCPCH role guidance (PDF, 1 page, 130 KB)

RCPCH helpdesk

Paediatricians and those responsible for the revalidation of paediatricians can seek additional advice on revalidation from RCPCH revalidation team.



The advice and guidance issued by the RCPCH should be interpreted in the context of local appraisal processes and supplemented by GMC advice and guidance. The responsibility for revalidation recommendations lies solely with the Responsible Officer  and final decisions with the GMC.

To manage the range of queries and to ensure consistency of responses across paediatrics, queries from paediatricians, appraisees, appraisers, Responsible Officers and others to the RCPCH should be submitted by email to the revalidation team.

If necessary, the query will then be directed to the revalidation specialty advisers at the College for additional input. All advisers have undergone Academy and RCPCH training. Only revalidation specialty advisers are trained to provide revalidation guidance and information to paediatricians. .

 The RCPCH gives revalidation advice on specialty specific matters in response to a specific request. The RCPCH prepares or gives such advice in principle, based on the facts presented to them, with reasonable care and in good faith, and does not accept any liability arising from the advice. The advice will not be binding. The RCPCH undertakes to keep information supplied confidential unless otherwise required by law, court order or any governmental or regulatory authority, for reasons of patient safety.  For the avoidance of doubt, the RCPCH reserves the right to disclose such information (in confidence) to the General Medical Council or other relevant regulatory authority where (acting reasonably) it considers it in the public interest to do so (individuals will only be identified if it is required for patient safety reasons).

  • All enquiries are handled in confidence by the RCPCH revalidation team.
  • Should an enquiry be forwarded on to a revalidation specialty adviser, the personal information contained within that information will be redacted before it is sent on.  This includes, name, contact details, location, employer, age, gender, religion, ethnic origin etc. 
  • The adviser will return their response to the revalidation team securely so that a member of staff can send a final response to the person making the enquiry.