Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


Medical Revalidation

An evaluation of the implementation of medical revalidation in the UK.

The team:

Kieran WalsheProfessor of Health Policy & Management, University of Manchester
Niall CameronNational Appraisal Advice, NHS Education for Scotland
Steven WilsonSenior Programme Manager, Healthcare Improvement Scotland
Richard WrightRevalidation Lead, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
Martin RobertsSenior Psychometrician/Assessment Analyst, Plymouth University
Sam Regan de BereLecturer in Medical Humanities, Plymouth University
Julian ArcherSenior Clinical Lecturer in Medical Education, Plymouth University
Mirza LalaniResearch Assistant, UCL
Martin MarshallProfessor of Healthcare Improvement, UCL

Meet the full team on the Project website

Project Summary:

The GMC have commissioned an evaluation of the implementation of revalidation in a UK-wide multi-centre study led by CAMERA (Collaboration for the Advancement of Medical Education, Research and Assessment) at the University of Plymouth; involving academics from UCL and the University of Manchester, as well as stakeholders in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The study will look at the long term impact of revalidation, focusing on four areas:

  • the information doctors collect to support their medical appraisal
  • the doctor's medical appraisal
  • how employers and the GMC make revalidation judgements and identify concerning practice
  • the public and patient contribution to revalidation

The study will take into account the views of and input from the full range of participants in the revalidation process; from doctors themselves to their colleagues, their employers, senior doctors called 'responsible officers', and patients and members of the general public.

The evaluation design has seven work streams, comprising literature reviews, national surveys, analysis of routinely collected national data, audio-recording of appraisal meetings, interviews with stakeholders, documentary analysis and root cause analysis of appraisal documentation of doctors referred to the fitness practice procedures. The work will be delivered by a national 'hub' based in Plymouth and by 6 regional teams, 3 of which will cover England and one each in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.  Professor Martin Marshall is project lead for London and South East England and well as being a project-wide co-applicant.


Start dateNovember 2014
Planned end dateOctober 2017