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Advice and support

Revalidation Helpdesk

The College operates a revalidation helpdesk which provides confidential specialty-specific advice on revalidation and appraisal. The helpdesk works with a network of specialty advisors that can respond to queries across all surgical specialties.

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The helpdesk team will respond directly to generic enquiries on revalidation. Enquiries that need specialty advice will be forwarded via email to the relevant clinical advisor. All identifiable information of the enquirer will be redacted by the helpdesk before forwarding the enquiry to the specialty advisor to protect the enquirer’s anonymity. The specialty advisor will respond to the enquiry through the helpdesk rather than directly to the enquirer.

Advice and FAQ

Before contacting the helpdesk, we recommend that you familiarise yourself with the Revalidation Guide for Surgery which covers generic queries on revalidation. We have also developed a range of revalidation guidance which you may find useful.

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges has produced a set of frequently asked questions which provides answers to general revalidation queries.

Note on the use of advice

The College and specialty associations undertake to keep information supplied to them confidential unless otherwise required by law, court order or any regulatory authority to disclose it. They reserve the right to disclose such information (in confidence) to the General Medical Council or other relevant regulatory authority if they reasonably consider it in the public interest to do so.

The helpdesk and the revalidation advisors are not involved in the revalidation recommendation of individual surgeons. Advice is intended for the sole use of the person making the enquiry. It is not intended to be used or relied upon by a third party.

Advice is provided with reasonable care and in good faith, based on specific facts or set of circumstances presented in the enquiry. The Colleges and specialty associations do not accept any possible liability arising from the advice. The advice is intended as guidance only and is not binding.

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