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Medical Appraisal and Revalidation

Every licensed doctor who practises medicine must be revalidated by the General Medical Council (GMC) every 5 years. The Revalidation process supports you to develop your practice, drives improvements in clinical governance and gives your patients confidence that you are keeping up to date.

Revalidation is not a single event, it is underpinned by the annual appraisal process which should be an integral part of doctor’s personal and professional development and learning.   

All Medical and Dental Staff in Cardiff and Vale UHB are required to take part in annual appraisal in line with the All Wales Medical Appraisal policy.

All medical and dental appraisals in wales are carried out electronically via the Medical Appraisal & Revalidation System (MARS).  If you are not registered and have recently started working for Cardiff and Vale UHB you can register through the above link. Link to Mars

Revalidation and appraisal are based on the principles of the GMC Good Medical Practice Guide

 In your appraisal you must provide evidence covering the whole of your practice in the following domains

Continuous Professional Development

Quality Improvement

Complaints & Compliments

Significant Events

You will also have a Personal Development Plan which will be reviewed and updated at each appraisal.

Once in each 5 year appraisal cycle you will need to obtain formal 360 multi-source feedback (MSF) from patients and colleagues. We recommend that you start this as soon as possible in the 5 year cycle.  You will need to obtain feedback from 15 colleagues and 20 patients. All MSF should be carried out through Orbit 360. You can register and set up an account via the website Orbit 360 Clinical

In order to meet revalidation requirements your MSF report must be discussed at your appraisal and feedback acted upon.  If your feedback report is returned to you after the last appraisal before your Revalidation date then you must complete the MSF Validation Form with your SMC (Senior Medical Colleague) and return it to the Appraisal & Revalidation Team.


Click this link to find out How will I receive the patient questionnaires?


Your Revalidation

To be revalidated you must make sure the GMC have your correct designated body and responsible officer

Your Designated Body: Cardiff & Vale University Health Board

Your Responsible Officer: Richard Skone

You can update this information via the GMC website – “

(Please note that the Postgraduate Dean is the Responsible Officer for junior doctors in postgraduate training posts).

As Responsible Officer for Cardiff and Vale UHB, Dr Stuart Walker (Medical Director) is required by law to make revalidation recommendations to the GMC for doctor who have a prescribed connection to the Health Board.  He must be confident they have demonstrated their continued fitness to practise and provide evidence (via MARS) that they have undergone an annual appraisal which meets the standards set out by the GMC. 

There are three recommendations that the Responsible Officer can make:

Recommend Revalidation -This recommendation will be made for doctors who have met the revalidation criteria by providing evidence that they are fit and safe to practice medicine. If the recommendation is approved by the GMC a new revalidation date is issued for 5 years’ time.

Recommend Deferral - A deferral can be made if there is an appropriate reason why a doctor has been unable to comply with the appraisal/revalidation process. This recommendation allows the doctor further time to complete the required information. It is essential that you complete the constraints section of your appraisal to ensure all relevant factors are taken into consideration.

- the minimum deferral period being 4 months and maximum 12 months.

Non-Engagement -If a doctor fails to engage with the appraisal process despite input from the organisation.  This recommendation can put a doctor’s License to Practice Medicine at risk.

It is essential that if you are a doctor working in the UHB (including honorary contract holders) and have a prescribed connection with the UHB that you prepare for revalidation and fully engage with annual appraisal and personal development planning.

For queries regarding Appraisal or Revalidation please contact a member of the Appraisal & Revalidation Team or send any general queries to:

Useful contacts

Revalidation Leads

Mr Satyajeet Bhatia, Consultant in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Dr Anton Saayman, Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine

Dr Richard Skone, Deputy Medical Director (Workforce & Revalidation)

Cardiff & Vale Revalidation Team

Julie Herbert, Jane Robson

029 21843134 (Option 3)


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