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Medical Council Professional Competence Audit Processes

The Medical Council has commenced an audit of doctors to ensure that they are observing their legal duty to maintain professional competence.   

The Medical Council has selected doctors for audit and have written to these doctors requesting evidence of maintenance of professional competence.  This evidence is required by the Medical Council no later than 15th February 2013.   If you have received this correspondence from the Medical Council, you are required to submit a Statement of Participation which is available on your RCSI PCS profile when you login.

The letter from the Medical Council clearly sets out what you are required to do.  If you require any help or assistance with this, please do not hesitate to contact the RCSI Professional Competence Office.  If you have not heard anything at this stage from the Medical Council, it is unlikely that you will be selected for this year.

RCSI Professional Competence Scheme Annual Verification Process

As part of the arrangements agreed with the Medical Council, it is a requirement that each Postgraduate Training body undertake an annual verification of activities recorded by 3-5% of doctors enrolled on the professional competence scheme.   This is a separate process to the Medical Council’s maintenance of professional competence audit processes.



RCSI has also commenced this process and has randomly selected 44 doctors to participate in this verification process for the year 1st May 2011 – 30th April 2012.   This process involves checking on each of the activities that have been uploaded to a doctor’s Professional Competence Scheme (PCS) profile and the CPD credits assigned to each activity.  Certain activities require supporting documentation and, if this has not been uploaded, doctors are requested to upload (or submit) this evidence for each appropriate activity up to the minimum requirement – 50 CPD credits per year and one Clinical Audit.

This is a supportive exercise aimed to promote confidence in what doctors are recording, identify shortfalls and provide support to assist doctors in addressing shortfalls in meeting the Professional Competence Scheme requirements.

If you have received correspondence from the RCSI PCS office notifying you that you have been selected and require any help or assistance please do not hesitate to contact the RCSI Professional Competence Office.

If verified with no further corrective action then selected doctors this year will not be verified for the next two years and then only verified if randomly selected.

All selected doctors have already been notified by email. If you have not been sent notification, then you will not be selected for verification for the current year under review (2011-2012). The next verification process will take place in the second half of 2013.

Reminder – Renew your PCS Enrolment for 2012 - 2013

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 Statement of Participation when required.

Re-enrol by paying your fee online using your credit card click

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)

Please note that if you do not pay your subscription before April 30th 2013, you will not be in compliance with the Medical Council requirements regarding professional competence and will be obliged to declare this when renewing your Medical Council registration. Failure to do so will be regarded as a serious breach of professional responsibility by the Medical Council.  You should also be aware that the Medical Council is likely to focus their audit on Doctors who are not in a position to declare that they are compliant

Retiree Issues

Internal Activities for Retired Doctors

Following an approach from the RCSI Professional Competence office, the following hospitals have advised that retired doctors would be very welcome to attend their Surgical Grand Rounds:



Tallaght Hospital:    Dr Greg Swanick, Friday morning at 8.00am

To register interest in attending: contact:  Ms Sandra Daly (Postgraduate Administrator).

Beaumont Hospital:  Professor Arnold Hill – Thursday morning 8.00am

To register interest in attending:  contact:  Dr Clive Dunne

Cork University Hospital:  Professor Paul Redmond - Wednesday afternoon 1pm

To register interest in attending: contact: Ms Terri Goulding or Dr Mike O’Connor

University College Hospital Galway:  Professor Michael Kerin - Tuesday morning 8am

To register interest in attending: contact: Ms Grace Clarke

Waterford Regional Hospital:  Professor K. S. Cross – Thursday & Friday morning

To register interest in attending: contact: Ms Jennie O’Leary Postgraduate Secretary 051 842684

If you are interested, you should ensure to sign the register when you do attend and you will be issued with a letter confirming your attendance at the end of the term/year. Please also keep a record of your own attendance

Happy Christmas
Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and New Year from all here at the PCS office.
RCSI Meeting for Retired Doctors

Tuesday 22nd January 2013  at 6pm 

At a recent RCSI Professional Development Committee Meeting, it was agreed that RCSI would organise a Meeting for Retired doctors to assist them with their Professional Competence. 

Date of Event: Tuesday 22nd January 2013


Contact for further information:             


Tel:  01 402 2743


3rd Annual Head & Neck Conference on Salivary Gland Malignancy 2013
22nd February 2013
Date of Event: Friday 22nd February 2013

Old Lecture Theatre,
St Vincent's University Hospital

RCSI External CPD Credits Awarded

6 CPD credits
Contact for further information:




RCSI Charter Day
7th - 9th February 2013

Date of Event: 7th - 9th February 2013


RCSI External CPD Credits Awarded

Contact for further information:

Tel: +353 1 402 2238


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