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

For this reason, when you are considering a sabbatical or extended leave from practice, we strongly recommend that you also consider making a Personal Development Plan to help you meet your legal requirements during your absence from practice.

The Medical Council does not allow doctors to stay on the register if they cannot meet the Professional Competence Scheme requirements.

If your absence from practice has an impact on your ability to meet professional competence requirements, you should consider removing yourself from the medical register.

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