Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn


What are employers obliged to do?

Part 11 of the Medical Practitioners Act 2007 places a duty on the HSE and other employers to facilitate the maintenance of professional competence. Employers are legally obliged to facilitate doctors' pursuit of professional competence requirements.

The Medical Council has prepared a booklet entitled Information for Healthcare Organisations and Employers of Doctors: Professional Competence, which outlines the responsibilities of employers in this arena. The booklet can be downloaded from the Medical Council website.

Do employers have to seek CPD approval for internal education events?

It is not necessary for an institution to seek CPD approval from the postgraduate training body for these types of educational events. However, under the requirements of the PCS doctors must provide evidence of having attended these activities if audited by the IMC.

The forum has also prepared an information guide designed to provide guidance to the employer on how to assist the doctor on providing evidence of having attended these internal activities. (Refer to the forum verification of internal events information guide).