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RCSI has recently updated the website with relevant information for Retired Doctors.  In this section practitioners will see some suggestions as to how they can accumulate CPD credits.  There is also a list of External CPD events held on a yearly basis.   Click here for further details.

A representative group of doctors no longer in clinical practice from each of the Postgraduate Training Bodies met with the Irish Medical Council on 27th November 2014 to discuss items such as Registration with Medical Council and PCS Scheme Requirements. Professor Ray Fitzgerald and Mr Peter Naughton represented RCSI.  The following matters were discussed:
  • Each training body agreed to develop a set of guidelines specifically for retired doctors and place this on their website.  You can access the RCSI guidelines here
  • It was agreed that the separation of registration from licence to practice would help retired doctors who wish to remain on the register but do not have any clinical (or other practice).  However, this will require legislative change and the Department of Health do not currently propose to bring forward any amendments to the legislation.  However, it was agreed that each postgraduate training body would write to the Minister advocating for an appropriate change to the Medical Practitioners Act.
  • It was noted that many doctors who have retired from clinical practice continue to engage in other forms of practice including teaching, examining, medico-legal work etc..  It was agreed that, in these cases, those doctors need to keep up to date in areas relevant to their scope of practice only.
  • Similarly, those who have no clinical practice, are not required to conduct a clinical  audit.  Instead, they could conduct an audit relevant to their scope of practice.  RCSI has provided examples that might be useful for those in medico-legal practice and the professional competence office can offer advice to other doctors who find it difficult to meet this requirement.
  • Regular meetings of this group were scheduled.
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