Medical and Dental
Continuing Professional Development is an integral part of the Medical Industry. Healthcare professionals across the board have mandatory CPD requirements they must achieve in order to maintain their ability to practice. This is understandable of course, no one wants to visit a doctor that has not been keeping uptodate with medical advances.
The CPD requirements which professionals must meet vary depending on their specialism. All medical professionals are regulated by the General Medical Council and all dental professionals by the General Dental Council. However, there are a number of Royal Medical Colleges under this umbrella where professionals register based on their specific role. For example, the Royal College of Anaesthetists, the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Faculty of Dental Surgery and the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
The GMC has set out broad principles for CPD, for example, that all Doctors need to plan the CPD they need, undertake it annually and reflect on their learning upon completion but each of the Royal Colleges have a specific CPD scheme for their members. Some examples of this can be seen below:
- The Royal College of Surgeons dictate that its members must complete 50 hours of CPD per year across clinical, professional and academic topics and no more than 20 hours should be from one activity.
- The Royal College of Radiologists requires members to achieve 250 hours over every 5 year period with at least 100 of these coming from external activities.
- The Faculty of Intensive Medical Care expects its members to complete a minimum of 50 hours of CPD a year but expect more than this.
Often employers within regulated sectors have dedicated CPD budget for training as they need to ensure all employees meet their requirements for revalidation. This budget is usually earmarked for formally accredited training so they can be sure that every professional can use the points within their CPD record.
Professional’s also must source their own training to ensure their CPD record is varied, this includes attending events, open courses and completing online courses as well as listening to podcasts or webinars. They too will be actively seeking a formal accreditation to ensure all the training they do will count towards their annual hours.
As a training provider delivering into the Medical and Healthcare sector, a CPD standards Office accreditation enables you to issue formal CPD points to delegates so they can complete their annual CPD requirement and maintain their ability the practice.