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Specialist advice on the revalidation appeals process
Revalidation for medical practitioners is straightforward for many, but can be challenging if you have a more unusual role. In the worst case scenario, the GMC can refuse to revalidate doctors and threaten to remove their Licence to Practise as a result.
Doctors are given an opportunity to persuade the GMC not to do this, but once the decision has been made, the next step is to appeal to a Registration Appeals Panel. This must be done within 28 days and it is therefore important not to delay.
Our specialist team is ready to advise you throughout that process and can help you gather the necessary evidence to support your case, and can represent you at the hearing itself.
- We have assisted doctors who have been told that their Licence to Practise will be withdrawn, by lodging an appeal and then submitting supporting evidence which has persuaded the GMC to allow the doctor to keep their licence with a new revalidation date.
- We have assisted doctors in preparing for their appeal hearing, gathering the appropriate evidence (including witness statements) and arranging representation by specialist barristers at the hearing. The Registration Appeals Panel can take the decision to adjourn for a period of time, giving the doctor time to remedy any further deficiencies in their revalidation material.
- We have advised doctors in deciding whether to appeal the decision of the Registration Appeals Panel, when that decision is unfavourable.”
All doctors will be aware of the need to revalidate and the GMC’s responsibilities in this regard. Revalidation is the process by which doctors are required to demonstrate that they are up to date and fit to practise. Doctors must revalidate every five years, and in order to do so they must have annual appraisals based on the GMC’s guidance, Good Medical Practice.