The GMC have now launched Continuing professional development: guidance for all doctors.
This new GMC guidance has been developed in co-operation with doctors, medical Royal Colleges, employers, patients and the public, and follows widespread public consultation earlier this year.
We hope doctors will use it to reflect on how their learning and development improves the quality of care they provide to patients and for the service in which they work.
The guidance describes:
- How doctors should plan, carry out and evaluate their CPD activities.
- The importance of taking account of the needs of patients and of the healthcare team when doctors consider their own learning needs.
- How doctors should reflect on the Good Medical Practice domains when evaluating their CPD needs.
- The relationship between CPD and revalidation.
- The use of appraisal, job planning and personal development plans in managing CPD and how to record CPD activities.
- The responsibilities of others, such as employers and Colleges, in supporting doctors’ CPD.
The guidance is our first step towards improving the way we support doctors in their efforts to keep up to date and provide high quality care. You can find out more about our plans on our website: http://www.gmc-uk.org/education/continuing_professional_development/cpd_guidance.asp
I would encourage you to draw your colleagues’ attention to the new guidance. If we can be of any help in this, or you would like any further information about our role in CPD please feel free to get in touch with my colleague, Paula Robblee (020 7189 5207 or email@example.com).
Professor Sir Peter Rubin