The Medical Council has changed Professional Competence requirements for the 2020-2021 year. You can read the full announcement from the Medical Council here (PDF)
The Medical Council has stated that for the 2020-2021 Professional Competence year, the following will apply:
The requirements outlined above will be kept under review in light of a protracted pandemic and the Medical Council will keep the COVID-19 section of their website updated with the latest information
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.
This is a requirement for all doctors enrolled on a Professional Competence Scheme, not just those working in hospitals.
We recommend spending at least 12 hours per year on your audit or quality improvement project. If you find it difficult to identify a topic, the information below will help.
Our online course Performing Audit will help you plan, design and conduct a clinical audit.
It outlines how to mitigate risks and improve quality of service, which ultimately leads to improved patient care.
It will help you decide what to audit and provides practical quality improvement tools to help you undertake your own audit.
Learn about the fundamentals of Quality Improvement
If you would like to know the basics of Quality Improvement this one-hour online course is perfect for you. It is suitable for everyone working in the health service.
This one-hour online course provides a practical introduction to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and its application in the clinical setting.
You will see how this legislation impacts your day-to-day role. You will learn about best p
Here are some tips and guidelines for helping you conduct an audit.
Your Professional Competence requirements are based on your Medical Council registration status. Absence or retirement from practice does not exempt you from conducting one audit or quality improvement project each year.
If you're absent or retired from practice, check the following documents and web pages for advice.
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 by logging in to our support desk here