Doctors Registration

  • How do I Register
  • I retired recently although wish to continue to do a few locums; Do I still need to have an Appraisal?
  • I haven't received an e-mail to inform me of my registration details
  • Why are the assigned passwords so complex?
  • My college isn't listed
  • I have a GDC number rather than a GMC number and it has fewer digits.
  • Why do I receive sporadic e-mails from the system?

Appraisal Process

  • What are allocated quarters?
  • How do I change my AQ
  • My appraiser isn't listed
  • Why can't I select an Appraiser? All the Appraisers seem to have an 'X' next to them?
  • I am unable to make my Appraisal meeting; what should I do?
  • I don't recognise any appraisers in the list, what should I do?
  • Can I have my appraisal with an appraiser outside of my Designated Body?
  • I am going to be/have been away from work due to ill health/maternity: what happens to my appraisal
  • Does my appraiser have to be from the same speciality as me?
  • What happens if I have previously been appraised outside of Wales/in armed forces?
  • I am unable to make my appraisal meeting: what should I do?
  • I have received an alert e-mail advising me that my appraisal will be locked.
  • What is the relationship between appraisal and job planning?
  • My Appraisal Summary is not printing correctly?
  • I disagree with my appraisal summary, what should I do?
  • Do I get to feedback on the appraisal process / MARS in general?
  • My prescribed connection is with a designated body outside of Wales, but still undertake work in Wales, where do I have my appraisal?


  • Appraiser user guide
  • Appraisee user guide
  • Appraisal Summary Role-Plays

Entering Information

  • Does MARS contain a spell-checker?
  • Why can’t I use my ipad to complete view MARS?
  • I have previous appraisal summaries, PDPs and job plans. How can I save these in the system?
  • What is the 'insights and reflections' section for?
  • How do I add Appraisal Evidence?
  • How do I know which evidence goes in which domain?
  • Why do I need to tick the probity and health statements?
  • I did not complete the Probity and Health statements correctly/at all; what can I do to resolve this?
  • I already use a college system to record my CPD. How do I include this in the online appraisal system?
  • In appraisal sections under Domains I notice there is a box for credit - My Credit for all entries is 0 zero, what does it mean?
  • What file formats can/can't I upload to MARS?
  • What are constraints?
  • Can I include images and graphs in the documents I upload to MARS?
  • I have found that when I am entering information my text disappears, why is this happening?
  • When I 'copy and paste' from an MS Word document into MARS, the pasted text into the site displays many mixed-up and unusual symbols and characters. Does this mean that I am unable to paste work I have written-up elsewhere?
  • Can my summary be edited?
  • SEA Requirements

MSF/360° Feedback

  • What is a 360°/Multi Source Feedback?
  • What is Equiniti 360° Clinical?
  • Do I have to use Equiniti 360° for my MSF?
  • What details should I provide?
  • How do I find out our 360° Policy?
  • Why do I need to do a 360°?
  • Why would I want to do a 360°?
  • What is a 360° Supportive Medical Colleague (SMC)?
  • Why do SMCs approve raters?
  • What is a rater?
  • How many raters are needed?
  • When do I have to start collecting feedback?
  • Where can I get Patient and Colleague Feedback questionnaires from?
  • Do I have to do the patient feedback part?
  • Are there recommended colleague and patient feedback questionnaires?
  • What do you mean by patients?
  • I do not see many patients, what do I do?
  • What if I don’t treat patients?
  • What do you mean by colleagues?
  • How long does it take to complete?
  • Who will get my report?
  • What happens if someone says something negative about me? Will it count against me in my appraisal ?
  • “Why is my BT email address not working with Equiniti?”
  • Who can be my SMC?


  • I keep getting logged out of the site with a Timeout error message
  • Who will have access to my details and my appraisal summary?
  • How secure is the information stored on the website?
  • How secure is the MARS website?


  • What is Revalidation?
  • Will I need to Revalidate?
  • When will I Revalidate?
  • How will I Revalidate?
  • How do I find out more information about revalidation?
  • What is my designated body?
  • What is a Responsible Officer?
  • What should I be doing to prepare for Revalidation?
  • What will happen if I do not engage in Appraisal and Revalidation?
  • Will there be a required minimum number of clinical sessions that a doctor must undertake in order to revalidate?
  • I hold university and NHS contracts, or primary and secondary care NHS contracts, will I be required to have 2 appraisals?
  • The clinical outcome data available to me is not very reliable, do I have to include it?
  • How do I contact my Royal College for specialty guidance?
  • If serious concerns are raised about a doctor’s practice what will be the consequences for their revalidation?


  • Revalidation Support Unit
  • GMC Contact Details
  • Equiniti 360° contact details