Requirements for Continuing Professional Development in 2020/2021 have been updated by the Medical Council

The Medical Council has changed the CPD requirements for the 2020/21 Professional Competence year. 


You can read the full announcement from the Medical Council here (PDF) 


What has changed?

The Medical Council has stated that for the 2020/21 Professional Competence year, the following will apply:


The annual Clinical/Practice Audit requirement has been removed


Doctors will only be required to record 25 CPD credits instead of the usual 50 credits. The other 25 CPD credits will be considered as met arising from increased learning by doctors during COVID-19

Of the 25 CPD credits that must be recorded, doctors are permitted to record these credits in any CPD category (External, Internal, Personal Learning, Research or Teaching). CPD requirements for each category will not apply. Please obtain evidence as appropriate for the 25 credits which you are recording.

Professional Competence requires that you conduct at least one Audit or Quality Improvement project every year. 


It is important to remember that Clinical (Practice) Audit is not the same as CPD - it is a separate Professional Competence requirement.  To meet this requirement, you must complete one audit or quality improvement project about an aspect of your own practice every year.  This Medical Council requirement is not limited to doctors working in a hospital setting. 


We recommend starting your audit early in the year and spending at least 12 hours per year on it.