All doctors registered with the Medical Council - thus retaining the right to practice medicine - have a legal obligation to maintain their professional competence.
If you are not in clinical practice (e.g. in a full-time management role) fulfilling the internal CPD and Clinical Audit requirement can be more challenging.
However we have some suggestions as to how you can achieve the minimum requirements.
The requirement to be enrolled on a Professional Competence scheme is tied to your Medical Council registration and applies to all doctors regardless of employment status. You are allowed to record CPD and Audit activities that relate to your current scope of practice.
A key point to remember is that the Professional Competence Scheme framework is based on self-directed learning and that the activities you record must reflect your current scope of practice.
Some activities may not be immediately identifiable as attracting CPD credit, but if you have clearly defined your scope of practice it should be relatively simple to map what you do in your practice to the Professional Competence scheme framework.
In most cases, accumulating the required 20 External CPD credits is relatively straightforward. Credits in this category are calculated as 1 hour = 1 credit.
Below are examples of activities relevant to External CPD:
Tip: You can claim CPD credit in this category for any educational activity that is relevant to your scope of practice, regardless of whether or not it is CPD approved. You simply need to indicate its relevance to you through the Reflective Notes section of your ePortfolio form and provide evidence that you attended.
The Internal CPD category may be the most challenging. 20 credits are required per year. Credits in this category are calculated as 1 hour = 1 credit.
Doctors in non-clinical practice can achieve Internal credits by:
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.