The General Medical Council (GMC) protects patients - their work is focused on helping to make sure that patients receive good care from doctors.

The GMC regulates doctors, providing Registration and Licensing services, as well as oversight of doctors' Continuing Professional Development with Revalidation.

GPs have an Annual Appraisal with another GP who reports to a "Responsible Officer".  The Responsible Officer sits within a "Designated Body", designated by the GMC as an organisation fit for delivering annual appraisals.

The GMC keeps a record of each GP's "Designated Body" with whom the GP is registered for the purposes of annual appraisal.

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The post-nominals MRCGP - Member of the Royal  College of General Practitioners - are awarded by this professional membership body and guardian of standards for family doctors in the UK.


The College works to promote excellence in primary healthcare.

The Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine is one of the exams set by the Faculty - and is one of the steps in completing Postgraduate Medical Specialty Training in Pharmaceutical Medicine.  The post nominal MFPM can be used after completion of the Diploma examination.

The Induction & Refresher Scheme provides a safe, supported and direct route for qualified GPs to join or return to NHS General Practice, anywhere in England.

This is for GPs who may have previously been on the GMC Register, and/or a Medical Performers List.

This is also for GPs who qualified outside of the United Kingdom.

'NHS England' leads the National Health Service in England - they set the priorities and direction of the NHS, and encourage and inform the national debate to improve health and care.

General Practitioners in England are included on NHS England's National Performers List once they have suitable qualifications such as a medical degree and a post-graduate qualification in General Practise.  Additionally, prior to inclusion on the List, GPs undergo an Occupational Health assessment, e.g. immunisation status, any chronic illness is addressed. GPs also need to have undertaken mandatory training in Basic Life Support, use of an Automatic External Defibrillator, and have undertaken training in Child Safeguarding and the Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults.

Checks are also made with other bodies such as the Disclosure and Barring Service and NHS Litigation Authority, and applications to the List need to be supported with two clinical references of previous employment.

NHS England need to be informed of the GP's medical indemnity organisation, e.g. The Medical Defence Union.

NB This Medical Performers List, amongst some other NHS England functions is outsourced to Captia plc.

The mandatory training required to join the Medical Performers List  is provided for free on the e-Learning for Healthcare website. Typically to register, an email address is needed - which might or might not be a "Chicken & Egg"/ "Catch 22".  Enquire with the National Recruitment Office for further support, if needed - avoid paying for mandatory training, if possible.

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps to ensure that doctors, for example, are safe to work with vulnerable groups, including children.  


DBS replaced the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

This is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Home Office of the UK Government.

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The MDU (Medical Defence Union) is led and staffed by doctors who have real-life experience of the pressures and challenges you face every day. Their expertise in medico-legal issues, complaints and claims is unparalleled.

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