The Assessment & Revalidation Team at Health Education England, working across the East Midlands (HEE-EM) handle all of the practical administration of trainee revalidation on behalf of the Postgraduate Dean, Prof. Sheona MacLeod. HEE-EM is a 'Designated Body' (DB) for revalidation (under the name 'Health Education East Midlands' and the Postgraudate Dean is the 'Responsible Officer' (RO). The RO ultimately decides the submission HEE-EM will make to the GMC about your revalidation when your revalidation submission deadline comes around, depending on evidence of your fitness to practise gathered over the training programme.
SHOULD HEALTH EDUCATION EAST MIDLANDS (‘HEEM’) BE MY DESIGNATED BODY (‘DB’)?
Only doctors with a full (rather than provisional) GMC Licence to Practise require a DB. HEE-EM is the DB for all fully licenced doctors in Foundation, Core and Higher specialty training programmes in the East Midlands. This applies to both primary and secondary care doctors.
HEE-EM is the Designated Body for:
HEE-EM is NOT the Designated Body for:
WHEN SHOULD I BE REVALIDATED?
All trainee doctors in the East Midlands region such as yourself who hold a full licence to practise will have a revalidation submission made for them (a) just before the date at which their revalidation submission deadline is currently set if this is before the end of your training, and (b) at the end of higher training programmes regardless of when the submission deadline date is currently set.
Submission happens when you come 'under notice' for revalidation. When you are 120 days away from your revalidation submission deadline, you should receive a letter and an email from the GMC telling you that you are under notice. This message states which Designated Body the GMC has on file for you (contact the HEE-EM Assessment & Revalidation Team if your DB is not listed as 'Health Education East Midlands'). The GMC’s message also explains that you need to be engaging with your DB’s appraisal and revalidation requirements.
HOW CAN I FIND OUT MY CURRENT REVALIDATION SUBMISSION DEADLINE?
You can find your Revalidation Submission Deadline and view/edit your current Designated Body on your GMC Online account under the ‘My Revalidation’ section.
WHAT EVIDENCE DO I HAVE TO PROVIDE?
1) Evidence of educational progression on your Portfolio.
This is the evidence that all trainees need to gather over the course of each training year and record on their portfolio to inform their ARCP assessment at the end of each training year. The evidence required is outlined in the curriculum for your specialty provided by the Royal College or equivalent body. If you are unsure of what is required, you should speak with your Educational Supervisor in the first instance, or your Training Programme Director in the second instance.
2) A few weeks prior to each of your ARCPs (Annual Reviews of Competence Progression), the HEE-EM Assessment & Revalidation Team will contact you by email to request that you complete a 'Form R Part B' (revalidation self-declaration form) if you have not done so recently, and that you submit it directly back to them. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU REGULARLY CHECK THE EMAIL ADDRESS THAT YOU HAVE REGISTERED WITH HEE-EM.
These pieces of evidence, along with information HEE-EM gathers directly from your employers, are used by the ARCP panel towards the end of each training year to inform (a) your educational outcome and (b) a fitness to practise comment. This happens each year, and the accumulated evidence is used by the RO (the Postgraduate Dean) when your revalidation submission deadline comes around to make her recommendation to the GMC about your revalidation.
So as long as you have returned your Form R Part B when requested and are keeping your ePortfolio up to date with the evidence required for your curriculum throughout the year, then there is generally nothing else that is required of you.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I MOVE GEOGRAPHICALLY OR MOVE OUT OF TRAINING?
WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW?
The three most important things to remember, whether you go on a career break in the UK or overseas, or remain in standard training, are:
It is not perceived well by ARCP panels when trainees have crammed evidence gathering and supervisory meetings in at the end of the year. This could reflect poorly on your professionalism and organisational skills.
WHO DO I CONTACT IF MY QUESTIONS AREN’T ANSWERED ABOVE?
If your questions are not answered in the information above, the first organisation you should contact is your Designated Body (i.e. Health Education East Midlands) rather than the GMC. Your Designated Body will have a better understanding of the specific circumstances and scenarios that apply to you as a trainee doctor.
Please call or email the HEE-EM Revalidation Team on 0115 823 3333 or at Revalidation.EM@hee.nhs.uk with any questions or concerns about your revalidation.
HEE East Midlands (‘HEE-EM’) is a part of Health Education England.The PGME directorate of HEE-EM was formerly known as the East Midlands Healthcare Workforce Deanery.
HEE-EM’s offices are at 1 Mere Way, Ruddington, Notts NG11 6JS.
A brief guide to revalidation requirements
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