New research by the Medical Council has uncovered some common misconceptions about Professional Competence, which have the potential to create problems for doctors.
Please check if you think any of the following statements are true, and our myth-dispelling advice for doctors on Professional Competence Schemes.
You have to reach the minimum target for each CPD category every year (20 Internal, 20 External and 5 Personal Learning).
You only need to record five hours of Personal Learning each year, but one of the most common mistakes we see is doctors forgetting to record it. It's just as mandatory as the other CPD categories.
Clinical (Practice) Audit is not the same as CPD – it’s a separate Professional Competence requirement.
To meet this requirement, you must complete one audit or quality improvement project about an aspect of your own practice every year.
You are required to meet all of your Professional Competence Scheme requirements every year.
It is extremely important to make sure your ePortfolio for Professional Competence accurately reflects your educational activities by the end of the year before we create your Annual Statement of Participation.
The reason for this is that each year, when you apply to retain your registration with the Irish Medical Council, you are required to confirm that your Annual Statement demonstrates that you are meeting your professional competence requirements. Failure to do this will place your continuing registration at risk.
Sometimes, for various reasons, you may not practice medicine for a period of time. Leave from practice may have an impact of your ability to meet the minimum requirements of your Professional Competence Scheme.
If the duration of your absence from practice (e.g. maternity leave, medically certified sick leave, bereavement leave, parental/adoptive leave, and carer’s leave) lasts for 90 days or more within a professional competence year, this can be reflected on your annual statement - but only if we know about it.
Remember to let us know if you are going to be absent from practice.
We hope this information is helpful. We're always happy to answer your questions and advise you on how to maintain your 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.
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. Please note, at present the fastest way to contact this department is via email.