COVID-19: Impact on Professional Competence Schemes

Are you on a Professional Competence Scheme in Ireland?

If you are unable to meet your Professional Competence Scheme requirements for the current 2019/20 year due to COVID-19, please let us know as soon as possible by emailing professionalcompetence@rcpi.ie

We have been asked by the Medical Council to send the information below to doctors on our Professional Competence Schemes.

We continue to engage with the Medical Council to clarify the implications of this statement for doctors and we will issue further advice as soon as possible.

Important update regarding PCS and Covid-19 (updated 14th April)

The Medical Council has issued the following advice regarding maintenance of professional competence:

  • Doctors will not be required to make a declaration about their maintenance of professional competence when retaining their registration in 2020
  • The Medical Council and Postgraduate Training Bodies will not verify or audit doctors’ Professional Competence records for the 2019/20 Scheme Year
  • Doctors will not be required to make up any shortfall in Scheme requirements for the 2019/20 Scheme year
  • Doctors are advised to retain their enrolment with their Scheme

In addition to this, the Annual Statements issued to participants in May 2020 will be annotated with ‘COVID-19’ to indicate that there are extenuating circumstances which prevented doctors from engaging in and recording the required CPD and Audit activities for the 2019/20 Scheme year.

Please note that ePortfolio for Professional Competence will be locked for editing at 12:00 noon on Monday, 11 May 2020 as we generate the Annual Statements for the 19/20 Scheme year.Statements will be issued week beginning 18 May 2020 and we will notify you when they are available to view/download in ePortfolio.

If you have participated in CPD/Audit activities during the 19/20 Scheme year and wish to have these activities reflected in the Annual Statement issued to you in May 2020, please record your activities in ePortfolio before 12:00 noon on 11 May 2020. Uploading of evidence is not required.  If you need any help with this, please email professionalcompetence@rcpi.ie

The Medical Council website has been updated to reflect the above advice – see https://www.medicalcouncil.ie/covid-19/

Statement from the Medical Council

As a result of Covid-19, the Medical Council will not be monitoring doctors’ compliance with maintenance of professional competence requirements for the Professional Competence Scheme year 2019 – 2020.

The Medical Council acknowledges the extraordinary circumstances in which doctors are practising and while patient safety remains a priority, we know doctors’ continued personal learning and familiarisation with clinical and ethical guidelines has dramatically escalated.

The Medical Council will keep maintenance of professional competence requirements under review over the coming months. Updates will be posted on the Medical Council website and circulated to doctors via their Professional Competence Schemes.

Contact us

The best way to reach us during the COVID-19 pandemic is by emailing professionalcompetence@rcpi.ie

If you need to speak to someone dial +353 1 8639700 and press 2 for Professional Competence. Phone lines are manned 09:00 - 17:00 GMT, Monday to Friday.

Professional Competence here to help

Tel: +353 1 863 9739

We have a highly experienced Professional Competence support team in our Dublin headquarters. They are always happy to answer your questions and advise you on how to maintain Professional Competence.

  • If you need help with your ePortfolio, we can arrange a convenient time to work with you to ensure your records are up to date.
  • If you need advice on how to apply for CPD approval for your event call or email with your event title and proposed date and we will talk you through what you need to do.
  • Contact Jennifer Noordman or Deirdre Donegan in our Professional Competence Department for any queries relating to your professional competence scheme or your application for CPD approval.
  • Log in to our support desk here