Please note that the Medical Council office will close at 3pm today to facilitate a staff event. The office will reopen at 9am on Monday 27th November.

Doctors with flexible and diverse working arrangements

I work on a part-time or occasional basis

There are no special requirements for doctors working less than full-time, or on an occasional basis. Once registered, a doctor has the right to practise medicine. From the public perspective, the responsibility to maintain professional competence must apply to all doctors, regardless of their working arrangements.

I work across a number of different roles

There are no special requirements for doctors occupying several roles simultaneously. Once registered, a doctor has the right to practise medicine. From the public perspective, the responsibility to maintain professional competence must apply to all doctors, regardless of their working arrangements.

Maintenance of professional competence is based on your day-to-day practice. You should enrol in a professional competence scheme, and engage in activities to maintain your competence, that reflects your day-to-day practice of medicine. Your area of day-to-day practice should be reflective of your registered speciality; if it is not, you should not represent yourself as being registered as having a speciality in that particular area. If you are registered in one or more specialities, but your practice is focussed on other areas of practice, you may wish to consider withdrawing voluntarily from the speciality (or specialities) which you do not actively practice.