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Sometimes, for various reasons, you may not practise medicine for a period of time.
Leave from practice may have an impact on your ability to meet the legal minimum professional competence requirements, and this may then be reflected on your annual statement of participation.
You are advised to maintain some level of engagement in maintenance of competence, however this may not always be feasible.
If the duration of your absence from practice lasts for 90 days or more within a Professional Competence year, and falls into one of the categories listed below, it will be possible to make an annotation on your Annual Statement of Professional Competence
While you don't need to upload certificates to your ePortfolio, you should keep them in a safe place
Download instructions on how to record your absence from practice here
If you stay on the Medical Council register while on sabbatical or extended leave you are expected to continue to meet your professional competence scheme requirements.
The Medical Council does not allow doctors to stay on the register if they cannot meet professional competence scheme requirements.
If your absence from practice has an impact on your ability to meet professional competence requirements, you should consider removing yourself from the medical register.
If you do not practice medicine and do not intend to practise medicine for the foreseeable future, the Medical Council advises you to voluntarily withdraw from the register.
This protocol is to be used in circumstances where a doctor is returning to work after a significant period of absence from clinical duties of 3 months or more. This protocol is not for use when doctors have been absent due to illness but rather it is aimed at doctors who have undergone a substantial break from clinical work for personal or professional reasons such as extended maternity leave or following a significant period of research.
This protocol is to be used in circumstances where a doctor is returning to work after a significant period of absence due to ill-health. In particular it should be used when the doctor in question has been absent due to stress-related illness, mental ill health or where the doctor has experienced trauma (either personal or work-related) resulting in significant emotional distress.
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.