Continuous Professional Development – Support Scheme

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If you are an NCHD and not in a training post, this scheme will help you fulfill some of your Professional Competence Scheme requirements

Open for booking from 1 July 2021 to 30 September 2021

The Continuous Professional Development Support Scheme (CPD-SS) is an educational programme open to all NCHDs working in the public health service who are:

  • in non-training posts
  • hold a 2010 NCHD contract with the HSE
  • and are registered on a Professional Competence Scheme.

The CPD-SS is funded by the HSE. It helps you enhance your clinical knowledge and skills and fulfill some of your Professional Competence Scheme requirements in line with Medical Council requirements. Enrollment is free of charge.

Get access to training and educational activities worth up to 20 CPD credits

Once enrolled on the CPD-SS, you will be able to access training and educational activities worth up to 20 external CPD credits or totalling three days per year, whichever is greatest.

You will be able to access a range of clinical courses and CPD activities run by Irish postgraduate medical training bodies, including RCPI.

Helping You to Get Ahead and Stay Ahead:  New RCPI Learning Path education programme launching Autumn 2021!

The Royal College of Physicians is proud to present an exciting new online educational programme. From September 2021, hospital doctors on the general division will be able to enroll in a new learning path which will provide access to a range of online courses.

Launching this September, the 2021/ 2022 learning path will be delivered online over a 9-month period. Your path will include mandatory courses from RCPI Higher Specialist Training (HST) programmes as well as specialty-specific courses, clinical updates, and access to RCPI’s wide range of online resources. Different ‘Learning Paths’ will become available each year, with each year’s courses building on learning milestones from the previous year – in line with HST training programmes.

Key benefits

  • Build your knowledge base with in-depth courses on fundamental topics
  • Delivered entirely online, meaning you save valuable time and money in not having to travel
  • Develop learning strategies for success throughout your career
  • This programme is ideal for those wishing to apply for the Specialist Division of the Register (SDR) as it provides unrestricted access to a suite of RCPI HST mandatory courses each year
  • Each learning path will be accredited for 20 CPD credits.

Entry criteria

This is the entry criteria:

  • You are not enrolled in an intern training programme or on a postgraduate specialist training programme such as BST or HST
  • You are enrolled on a Professional Competence Scheme applicable to your specialty
  • You have paid your Professional Competence Scheme subscription
  • You hold a 2010 NCHD contract
  • You are working in the public health service
  • You are on the General or Supervised Division of the Register of Medical Practitioners maintained by the Medical Council
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CPD-SS 2021/2022 Prospectus

Get full details of the Continuous Professional Development Support Scheme (CPD-SS)

Overview of CPD-SS from Dr Sinéad Murphy, Director of Education, RCPI

View the courses and events you'll be able to attend

We run a wide range of courses and events that are completely free of charge for doctors enrolled on the Continuous Professional Development Support Scheme (CPD-SS), including:

  • All of our Masterclasses
  • NCHD Mastering Communication
  • Delirium Recognition and Response
  • Essential Management Skills 
  • NCHD Leadership in Clinical Practice

CPD-SS terms and conditions

Please read the HSE's guidance document on the Continuous Professional Development - Support Scheme before you enrol. It outlines the terms and conditions of the CPD-SS.

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