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Enrolling in a professional competence scheme

I am registered in more than one speciality

Maintenance of professional competence concerns the whole of a doctor’s practice. At this point, it is not linked with re-certification of education and training. If you are practising across the specialities in which you are registered, select one professional competence scheme and then engage in activities relevant to the whole of your practice. Bear in mind that the figure of 50 credits and one clinical audit in a 12-month period is a minimum. Doctors involved in more diverse and complex practice will probably want to exceed these requirements. If you are registered in more than one speciality but your practice is focussed on one specific area, you may wish to consider withdrawing voluntarily from the speciality which you do not actively practise.

I am registered in one speciality but my current practice focuses on a different area

Over the course of a doctor’s career the area of practice can change. 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 competence, that reflect your day-to-day practice of medicine. In general, your day-to-day practice will 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 practise.

I am registered in the general division and have no existing link with a postgraduate training body

All doctors in the general, specialist and supervised division of the register have a duty to maintain professional competence by enrolling in a professional competence scheme and engaging in maintenance of professional competence activities which are relevant to their practice. It is not essential to have an existing link with a postgraduate training body in order to enrol in a professional competence scheme. You should contact the postgraduate training body which you think is most relevant to your area of practice for further advice.

I find it difficult to see a good fit with my practice in any of the professional competence schemes established by the Medical Council

All doctors in the general, specialist and supervised division of the register have a duty to maintain professional competence by enrolling in a professional competence scheme and engaging in maintenance of professional competence activities which are relevant to their practice. For most doctors, enrolling in a professional competence scheme will be straightforward. Some doctors, however, practise medicine in less common roles. You should contact the postgraduate training body which you think is most relevant to your area of practice for further advice.

I am registered in the trainee specialist division

Doctors practising medicine in individually numbered, identifiable posts approved by the Medical Council will fulfil maintenance of professional competence requirements by virtue of being registered in the trainee specialist division. No further action is required by the doctor other than satisfactory pursuit of training.

I am in a recognised training post but haven’t yet registered in the trainee specialist division

Doctors practising medicine in individually numbered, identifiable posts approved by the Medical Council will fulfil maintenance of professional competence requirements by virtue of being registered in the trainee specialist division. If you are eligible to enter the trainee specialist division you should do so without delay. If you are not registered in the trainee specialist division, you will need to enrol in a professional competence scheme.

I am registered with the Medical Council but want to delay enrolling in a scheme 

All doctors in the general, specialist and supervised division of the register have a duty to maintain professional competence by enrolling in a professional competence scheme and engaging in maintenance of professional competence activities which are relevant to their practice. If you are registered with the Medical Council, you are subject to requirements to maintain professional competence from the date of your registration.  If there is any delay in processing your application to enroll in a professional competence scheme, you may retrospectively record activities in which you have engaged. However, if the delay is on your part, this provision will not apply and you will need to make up credits.  Credits accrue to doctors in a 12-month period starting on 1st May each year. When you enter the register you must enroll in a professional competence scheme within 30 days of becoming subject to the new duty to maintain competence. You will be required to accrue credits in proportion to the point in the 12-month period in which you registered.

I am currently registered in the trainee specialist division, but will complete training and plan to register in the specialist division.

Credits awarded as part of a professional competence scheme accrue to doctors over a 12 month period starting on 1st May each year.  When you enter the specialist register you must enrol in a professional competence scheme within 30 days of becoming subject to the duty to maintain competence.  You will be required to accrue credits in proportion to the point in the 12-month period in which you registered.