The Medical Council’s eight Domains of Good Professional Practice set out the principles on which good practice is founded. 


  1. Patient Safety and Quality in Patient Care
  2. Relating to Patients
  3. Communication and Interpersonal Skills
  4. Collaboration and Teamwork
  5. Management (including self-management)
  6. Scholarship
  7. Professionalism
  8. Clinical (Professional) Skills


Together, these principles describe medical professionalism in action.


Doctors are best placed to choose the activities that reflect their educational needs and will be expected to make a judgement on the value of a particular activity based on their scope of practice. They are expected to map their activities against the relevant Domain of Good Professional Practice and ensure that the activities undertaken during the course of a five year cycle encompasses all eight domains.


We recommend that you aim to assign all eight domains every year. When recording your activities in ePortfolio for Professional Competence, you have the option to assign up to three domains at a time.

See: How to identify what Domains you need to achieve