22nd June 2016

Appraisal and Revalidation for Locums: Issues and Solutions 2

Appraisal and Revalidation for Locums: Issues and Solutions 2

Cont... from Appraisal and Revalidation for Locums: Issues and Solutions

Time in the UK

The GMC has specified a 12 weeks a year standard minimum working time in the UK. Its dubious if a locum doctor could provide those relevant requirements for appraisal and revalidation on the given time. If a doctor successes in providing such excellent portfolio of appraisals as mentioned in the previous blog, the revalidation is easy and possible.

Working Abroad

An abroad working doctor can reinstate their license within three weeks on average if he/she wants to return to UK and can avoid non-engagement evidence for an appraisal. Such doctor may or may not work regularly in the UK, thus their scope of practice must be defined clearly and should not be opinionated for UK’s patient legally.

Doctors working abroad need to show similar evidence and reflection of their working location to UK’s system. GMC also prefers similar CPD and Quality Improvement Activity to the UK. A UK based independent authority and your responsible officer can help with comparable quality reporting to you.

Use of English Language

Your appraisal and revalidation should have the qualitative speaking and written English especially for those whose first language is not English.


A deferral is possible because of a single specific justification and GMC review. GMC revalidation support team is good but cannot be context specific at times. Your responsible officer is influential at such time since the team only complies with him/her through written opinions. The GMC revalidation decisions are likely to be agreed with your responsible officer’s support.

iSpecialist Recruitment is a medical recruitment agency in the UK. We provide all kinds of compliance and recruitment solutions to our candidates from all over the UK. If you need any assistance in appraisal and revalidation as a locum doctor in the UK, feel free to contact us.

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