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What you need to know about Audit

Medical Council change to requirements for 2020-2021

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)

What has changed?

The Medical Council has stated that for the 2020-2021 Professional Competence year, the following will apply:

  • The annual Clinical/Practice Audit requirement has been removed
  • Doctors will only be required to record 25 CPD credits instead of the usual 50 credits. The other 25 CPD credits will be considered as met arising from increased learning by doctors during COVID-19
  • Of the 25 CPD credits that must be recorded, doctors are permitted to record these credits in any CPD category (External, Internal, Personal Learning, Research or Teaching). CPD requirements for each category will not apply. Please obtain evidence as appropriate for the 25 credits which you are recording

What hasn't changed?

  • Doctors will still be asked to make a declaration about their maintenance of professional competence during the 2021 annual retention process
  • Doctors are still required to retain enrolment on a Professional Competence Scheme. If you haven't renewed your enrolment please click here

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

You must complete one audit or quality improvement project per year

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.

Maintaining Professional Competence - What is an Audit?

Learn more about  Audit and Quality Improvement

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.

Read more about this course

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.

Read more about this course

Download our free guide to completing a Quality Improvement Project

Learn about key data protection requirements in a clinical setting

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

Read more about this course

Read our Clinical (Practice) Audit guide for Professional Competence

Measurement of practice against a recognisable standard

Audit tool for antiobiotic prescribing

Developed by the RCPI Hospital Antimicrobial Stewardship Working Group.

This useful tool can be easily adapted to audit any aspect of your practice

Absent or Retired from Practice?

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. 

How to Record your Audit or Quality Improvement

Professional Competence

Tel: +353 1 863 9700 and press 2

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

  • 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.
  • Alternatively, you might like to visit Professional Competence FAQs