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 without day-to-day contact with patients

I don’t see patients as part of my work. How can I fulfil professional competence requirements, especially clinical audit?

Not all doctors see patients. Doctors work in health and clinical service policy development and oversight roles, clinical leadership and management roles, medical advisory roles, medico-legal roles, education and training roles, and many more. If you are doing work like this, you should confirm with the person or organisation for which you are filling this role that they require you to fulfil this role as a registered medical practitioner. If this is the case, you must maintain competence in line with your medical practice. You should engage in relevant maintenance of professional competence activities. If your role is entirely comprised of non-patient-facing services, the principles of clinical audit can be applied to your professional practice as an improvement project. Doctors should contact their postgraduate training body for guidance and support.