Our Digital Strategy

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Enhancements to improve your online experience

A large amount of work has been undertaken over the past few years to improve the RCPI website and associated digital services.

We will continue to roll out enhancements over the next two years to improve your online experience.

Here are some upcoming changes that you need to be aware of:

  • A new ePortfolio for Professional Competence will be launched in June 2019. The new ePortfolio for Professional Competence will be quick and easy to use, allowing for on-the-spot recording of CPD, Audit and Quality Improvement activities. Doctors will be able to record activities in real time on your mobile phone, even if you are offline
  • A new ePortfolio for all doctors on RCPI training programmes will be launched in July and August 2019. Trainees will see a significant improvement in how they record training activities, and trainers will be able to give on-the-spot feedback and sign-off. Trainees will be able to record activities in real time on mobile, even when offline.
  • We are replacing The Physician Network with a new Virtual Learning Environment called Brightspace. RCPI Brightspace will make it easier to complete online courses, submit course assignments and access CPD certificates.
  • We will launch a new Courses and Events website in July 2019 to make it easier to find and book into events, conferences and courses. Once booked in, you will automatically get access to any relevant online educational resources RCPI Brightspace, our new Virtual Learning Environment.

How do these changes affect you?

If you are directly affected by any changes to our website or technology you will receive regular updates by email.

Below are the top actions that people need to take right now:


If you haven’t completed a course in The Physician Network or if you haven’t downloaded all of your CPD certificates

Please download CPD certificates and complete online courses by 28 June 2019


If you are enrolled on an RCPI Professional Competence Scheme

Finish recording all CPD, Audit and Quality Improvement activities in current ePortfolio before Monday 13 May 2019


If you are currently on an RCPI training programme, or if you ever used ePortfolio as a trainee

Make sure your ePortfolio is fully up to date and download ePortfolio information before 28 June 2019


If you are a trainer supervising doctors on RCPI training programmes

Please review any outstanding requests from Trainees in their ePortfolio before 28 June 2019.

Eduroam wifi service being extended to more hospitals

Eduroam is an international roaming wifi service for educational institutions. Eduroam wifi is currently available in every university in Ireland and we are working closely with training sites to extend Eduroam to more hospitals around Ireland. If you are on an Eduroam-enabled site you will be able connect free of charge to the service.

Further details and instructions on how to connect to Eduroam will be circulated in the coming weeks.

New technology for examination questions

We are introducing new technology to make it easier for doctors to write and submit questions for our exams.

The new exam question authoring system will facilitate remote exam question authoring and reviews of papers and results online. This will improve the content and quality of exam papers, support the College’s expansion of its international examiner pool, and allow us to set more papers.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Digital Strategy team in RCPI who are working on our behalf to deliver these improvements and updates. In addition I would like to thank Dr Emer Kelly, elected Council member and Dr Michael O'Connell from the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, who along with RCPI Trainees' Committee members Dr Brona Moloney (HST) and Dr Siobhán McGettigan (BST), and many others are playing a very important role in having our clinical voices inputting into this process.

Dr Diarmuid O'Shea

RCPI Registrar and Chair of the RCPI Digital Strategy Advisory Group

About RCPI’s Digital Strategy

Our Digital Strategy aims to deliver:

  • Superior mobile-first digital tools to support doctors’ training, education and continuous professional development
  • Better ICT equipment and services to RCPI staff so that they can provide better customer support and work more efficiently
  • Reduced running costs and simplified digital infrastructure

We ask you to bear with us while we get through a busy few months of change and to keep an eye out for important emails from RCPI.

Members of the RCPI Digital Strategy Advisory Group

The RCPI Digital Strategy Advisory Group meets every month as part of their ongoing remit to provide input and feedback on behalf of members to RCPI.

Current members of the Digital Strategy Advisory Group are as follows:

Dr Diarmuid O’Shea


Tel: 01 863 9763

Dr Diarmuid O’Shea is the Registrar of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. On taking up this role he stepped down as Vice-President of Education and Professional Development, a role he held for 8 years.  He acted as the Masterclass Series Convenor in the RCPI since its inception in 2007.  He was National Specialty Director in Geriatric Medicine from 2000 – 2004. A UCD medical graduate, he is currently Interim Chair of the Irish Committee on Higher Medical Training and works as a Consultant Physician in Geriatric and General Medicine in St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin. He stepped down from his role as Clinical Lead for the National Clinical Programme for Older People in May 2019. Diarmuid chairs the RCPI Digital Strategy Advisory Group.    

Dr Emer Kelly

Elected Fellow

Dr Emer Kelly was elected to Council in October 2017 and will serve a three-year term to October 2020. Dr Kelly is a Consultant in Respiratory Medicine in St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin. She trained in respiratory medicine, critical care and general internal medicine in Ireland before undertaking further training in Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre in Boston, USA in the Harvard Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship. Dr Kelly has a clinical and research interest in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). She has a keen interest in medical education and successfully completed the certificate in medical education from the University of Dundee. She has research interest in feedback in medical education and technology enhanced learning. She is also currently a Clinical Lead for Digital Strategy and Innovation in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.

Dr Michael O’Connell


Tel: 01 863 9763

Dr Michael O’Connell is an elected Junior Fellow and Censor on RCPI Council. He is currently National Specialty Director for Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Chairs the Specialty Training Committee for the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.  He sits on the standing executive and examinations committee of IOG and is a member of credentials and examination committee RCPI.  He has previously held the role of Vice President of the College, Associate Dean of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and for IOG convenor of meetings and honorary secretary. Michael O’Connell qualified from University College Cork in 1989. He is a consultant Obstetrician/Gynaecologist in Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital, Dublin.  His interests are in high risk pregnancy (infectious disease and addiction) and postgraduate education.

Dr Brona Moloney

Higher Specialist Training, Nephrology

Dr Brona Moloney is undertaking Higher Specialist Training in Nephrology. She is a member of the RCPI Digital Strategy Advisory Group.

Dr Siobhán McGettigan

Dr Siobhán McGettigan will complete Basic Specialist Training in General Internal Medicine in July 2019. She is a member of the RCPI Digital Strategy Advisory Group.

We are here to help

If you have any questions relating to the above, contact our Helpdesk.

RCPI Helpdesk

Tel: +353 1 8639721

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