Many doctors, for various reasons, do not practise medicine for a certain period of time during their career. Leave from practice may have an impact on your ability to meet the legal minimum professional competence requirements and this may then be reflected on your Annual Statement of Participation.

You are advised to maintain some level of engagement in maintenance of professional competence, however this may not always be feasible.

If the duration of your absence from practice lasts for 90 days or more within a professional competence year, and falls into one of the categories listed below, it will be possible to make an annotation on your Annual Statement of Professional Competence:

  • Maternity leave
  • Medical Certified Sick Leave
  • Bereavement Leave
  • Parental Leave
  • Adoptive Leave
  • Carer's Leave

While you don't need to upload certificates to your ePortfolio, you should keep them in a safe place

Steps to Record an Absence from Practice in ePortfolio:

  • Click "Create a new event"
  • Choose "Record an Absence from Practice"
  • "Date Occurred" - enter the start date of your leave
  • "End Date" enter the end date of your leave
  • Choose the Professional Competence Year that applies to your absence from practice
  • If the end date for your absence from practice is after 30 April, please complete a separate form for the dates that apply to each year
  • Click "Submit"

If you are on Sabbatical or Extended Leave

If you remain on the Medical Council register while on sabbatical or extended leave, you are expected to continue to meet your Professional Competence Scheme requirements.

The Medical Council does not allow doctors to stay on the Register if they cannot meet Professional Competence Scheme requirements.  If your absence from practice is going to have an impact on your ability to meet professional competence requirements, you should consider removing yourself from the Medical Council Register.

If you do not practice medicine and do not intend to practice medicine for the foreseeable future, the Medical Council advises that you voluntarily withdraw from the register.