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Continuing Professional Development

Post date: 04/07/2017 | Time to read article: 1 mins

The information within this article was correct at the time of publishing. Last updated 24/07/2018

Continuing Professional Development is a key element of revalidation and essential in ensuring that doctors keep their knowledge and skills up to date.

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) believes that CPD activity for the purposes of revalidation should be recorded in a credit-based system and the RCGP has developed its own system for GPs to use.

Under the system one hour of learning activity, accompanied by a reflective record, is one learning credit, with 50 credits required each year. This can be increased to two learning credits for learning activity that can be shown to have been implemented in practice and resulted in improvement in patient care or positive changes in an area of the doctor’s work.

Credits are self-assessed and verified at appraisal with relevant supporting information, and account should be taken of the need for GPs to use their CPD to ensure that they are up to date in all areas of their work using a variety of learning methods. Learning activities that can be claimed for CPD include:

  • Audit
  • Distance and Online learning
  • Meetings
  • Practical skills
  • Practice Developments
  • PUNS and DENS
  • Reading
  • Significant Events
  • Structured Learning
  • Surveys
  • Other Quality Improvement Activities

More information can be found in the Guide to the RCGP credit-based system for CPD.

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