Risk-based framework to monitor ongoing competence re-instated
Professional competence requirements for the year May 1, 2021 to April 30, 2022 have been updated in guidance by the Medical Council.
Doctors are required to undertake and record continuous professional development (CPD) activity with their scheme of 25 CPD credits and to record one audit or quality improvement project.
The 25 credits may be in any category external, internal, personal learning, research or teaching.
The risk-based framework for monitoring doctors’ maintenance of professional competence is also to be reinstated by the Council.
This means that doctors will be asked to make a declaration about their Maintenance of Professional Competence (MPC) when renewing their registration in 2021.
Their declaration Maintenance of Professional Competence declaration is to be compared with professional competence scheme data to monitor that they are meeting their MPC requirements.
In 2020/21, the required CPD was halved to 25 credits in any category for medical practitioners; the Council reduced professional competence requirements due to Covid-19 impact.