The Postgraduate Training Bodies under the arrangement with the Medical Council will undertake an annual verification of activities recorded by a doctor with the professional competence scheme. It is intended that all Postgraduate Training Bodies will run this verification process in the Autumn.
What does this actually mean? RCSI will select doctors enrolled on the Professional Competence Scheme in a stratified random method (3 - 5%) to participate in the verification process. If selected for this verification, doctors will be advised by email that a Verification Audit will take place and they will be required to produce / upload evidence of activities attended (if not already uploaded to their profile). Doctors will be given a certain timeframe to review their profile and upload any additional activities or proof of attendance.
Following this allocated timeframe, if the verification process satisfactorily addresses the issue i.e. the credits claimed in their personal portfolio are substantiated then the doctor receives full credit for the Professional Competence Scheme.
Doctors will be informed of any discrepancies identified and will be given the opportunity to address or clarify the issues identified. Claimed credits without appropriate verification evidence will be removed from the Portfolio and an amended certificate issued.
It is expected that for the majority of doctors the verification audit will be a routine exercise and no further action will be required. You can reduce the likelihood that you will be suject to a verification procedure by ensuring that you have uploaded the required credits and the associated documentation.
We will be circulating more information on this at a later date.
Many of you will have renewed your enrolment for 2012 – 2013. For those of you who have still to renew your enrolment, please note we have reduced this years fee for PCS only to €250.
You must pay this fee to be enrolled in the scheme, to enter credits for the current year 2012-2013 and to be able to produce a certificate when required.
Re-enrol by paying your fee online using your credit card click https://pcs.rcsi.ie
Fellows and members of RCSI who wish to pay their Fellowship/Membership fee at the same time are entitled to a €150 discount on the PCS fee, when paying the PCS fee and Fellows and Members fee together on the dedicated Fellowship & Membership Portal (FAMP) https://famp.rcsi.ie
At the request of the Health Service Executive, RCSI have developed a Professional Development Programme (PDP) to facilitate NCHDs in Surgery and Emergency Medicine who are not engaged in specialist training to maintain their professional competence requirements.
The RCSI Professional Development Programme will enable NCHD’s enrolled in the programme to achieve a minimum of 20 External Credits per annum. These credits can be used to help meet the requirements outlined by the Irish Medical Council regarding the maintenance of Professional Competence.
The Professional Development Programme Curriculum
The PDP programme has three major components:
- 1. Knowledge (Online/Classroom Learning Activities, ,and Scientific Conferences/Meetings)
- 2. Technical Skills
- 3. Personal Skills/Human Factors
To enrol: Please click on the link below
- must be enrolled in the relevant Professional Competence Scheme applicable to their specialty and area of practice as required by law
- must hold a current NCHD Contract
- must work within the Public Health Service
- must not be enrolled in an intern training programme under the auspices of an Intern Training Network or a specialist training programme under the auspices of the one of the Irish postgraduate training bodies; and
- must be registered on the General Division or Supervised Division of the Register of Medical Practitioners maintained by the Medical Council
If you need further assistance/guidance, please contact
Department of Surgical Affairs
Tel: 353 (0) 1 402 2166/2524 email: firstname.lastname@example.org web: Professional Development Programme