Role of the GMC in CPD

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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 published CPD guidance in June 2012.

This guidance was developed with the participation of the NHS Employers.

The guidance 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 more about the guidance please visit the GMC website.

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