Role of the GMC in CPD

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a continuing learning process that complements formal undergraduate and postgraduate education and training. CPD requires doctors to maintain and improve their standards across all areas of their practice.

CPD will be a key factor in revalidation once it is introduced. Doctors will be expected to provide evidence of CPD at their appraisal at least once in every five year cycle.

GMC continuing professional development guidance

The GMC has published a revised draft version of CPD guidance; and are running a consultation seeking employers’ views on this from now until the 27th January 2012.

This new guidance, which has been developed with the participation of the NHS Employer's organisation has been produced to replace the previous version which was published in 2004.

The new version is aimed primarily at doctors; it focuses less on organisations, culture and regulations and contains more information and advice for the individual doctor - including:

  • Principles of CPD
  • Why CPD is important for doctors
  • Planning and Carrying out your CPD
  • Evaluating the impact of your CPD
  • The role of others
  • Information on further reading

The guidance sets out the responsibilities of employers and contractors to ensure that their workforce is safe and up to date and underlines the importance of facilitating CPD activity as part of appraisal process, job planning and, ultimately, revalidation.

To read the full guidance and submit your views, please visit the GMCs website.

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