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RCSI announces the 2017/2018 Continuous Professional Development Support Scheme for NCHDs

24 August 2017
The 2017/2018 Continuous Professional Development Support Scheme for non-consultant hospital doctors (NCHDs) working in the fields of surgery and emergency medicine, taking place at RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland), has been announced with this year’s programme offering a newly expanded choice of modules. Eligible NCHDs have until Friday, 15 September to enrol on the Programme.
The programme, which is now in its seventh year, is commissioned and funded by the Health Service Executive (HSE) to facilitate NCHDs within the public health service, who are not on training schemes, to maintain their professional competence in line with Medical Council requirements and provides a structured means of achieving 20 external CPD credits. 
For the 2017/18 course, RCSI will offer participants an expanded range of classes in Surgical Skills, Emergency Medicine, Human Factors in Patient Safety, along with Clinical Audit, Quality Improvement Processes, Research and Ethics, Computers for Doctors and a range of E-learning activities.
Professor Oscar Traynor, Director, National Surgical Training Centre, RCSI, said: “The RCSI Continuous Professional Development Support Scheme assists NCHDs to satisfy their professional competence requirement. The programme provides highly relevant courses for emergency medicine and surgery NCHDs at both SHO and Registrar level, to equip them with invaluable skills and technical expertise needed in order to excel in their speciality.” 

Prof. Eilis McGovern, National Programme Director for Medical Training, HSE said: “The Continuous Professional Development Support Scheme provides a structured curriculum for NCHDs to achieve up to 20 CPD credits per annum, with a choice of modules tailored for both surgery and emergency medicine now available. We strongly encourage all eligible NCHDs who are not currently on a training scheme to enrol on the Programme by 15 September in order to avail of the educational activities which the HSE is supporting.”
The Continuous Professional Development Support Scheme is open to NCHDs who are registered on the General Division or Supervised Division of the Register of Medical Practitioners maintained by the Medical Council. NCHDs must hold the 2010 NCHD contract and be working within the public health service. To successfully enrol on the Continuous Professional Development Support Scheme applicants must have paid the annual Professional Competence Scheme Fee for 2017/2018.  

Since 1 May 2011, it has been mandatory for all doctors to register with a Professional Competence Scheme (PCS) run by one of the postgraduate training bodies. RCSI has been designated by the Irish Medical Council to run PCS for Surgery and Emergency Medicine.  

All modules will be taking place in the National Surgical and Clinical Skills Centre in RCSI’s new state of the art facility at No. 26 York Street.

For further information on the scheme delivered by RCSI along with details of classes visit The CPD Scheme runs until May 2018. 
RCSI is ranked in the top 250 institutions worldwide in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2016-2017). It is an international not-for-profit health sciences institution, with its headquarters in Dublin, focused on education and research to drive improvements in human health worldwide