Research Studies

The Medical Council embarked on a comprehensive consultation process in 2010 to inform the details of professional competence schemes.  In addition to a public consultation process, a number of research studies were conducted to inform the process. 

Doctor Knowledge Attitude and Behaviour Survey

A survey measuring doctors’ knowledge, attitudes and behaviour in relation to professional competence schemes was conducted in late 2010.

  • Click here to read the press release outlining the survey's findings.
  • Click here for a slide show outlining the key findings.

Multi Source Feedback Studies

As part of the development of Professional Competence Schemes, the Medical Council has conducted two pilot studies on Multi-Source Feedback (MSF).  The aim is to determine the feasibility of MSF as a potential future component of Professional Competence schemes.

The Medical Council launched a pilot study involving hospital-based Consultants in September 2009. This is the second pilot study conducted by the Medical Council on Multi-Source Feedback. The first pilot study was carried out in 2007 and involved general practitioners only. Please click here for the concluding Report to Council on the first pilot study.

Multi-Source Feedback will not form part of professional competence schemes which will launch in May 2011. 

Additional Studies

Survey of doctors' early experiences with maintenance of professional competence.pdf