Once you have confirmed your prescribed connection with a designated body, your Responsible Officer (RO) will advise you on your appraisals. 

To ensure that you have an appraisal of the required standard for revalidation, your RO will make sure that you are allocated an appraiser who has been through the necessary training. It is recommended that you have two different appraisers during your five-year cycle.  You should speak to your RO if you wish to keep an existing appraiser.

The GMC provides further information on the RO Protocol.

If your designated body does not offer appraisal, there are external organisations that offer appraisal services. 

The Independent Doctors Federation has appointed an RO for doctors without a prescribed connection to an NHS RO.

The Federation of Independent Practitioner Organisations also offers an appraisal service.