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

Enrolment

How do I enrol with a PCS?

The range of schemes operated by the postgraduate training body (PGTB) under arrangement with the Medical Council mean that there are schemes that are accessible to all doctors.

I am on the specialist division of the Medical Council Register.

You should contact your PGTD to begin the process of enrolment with a PCS.

If you are not aligned with a PGTB, please contact the PGTB which you feel is most appropriate to the specialist division in which you are registered.

Some doctors no longer practice in the area of initial specialisation e.g. on specialist division in general practice but now working in the voluntary sector. If this applies to you then you should contact the ICHMT General Division Scheme which is operated by the RCPI.

At present, there is no mechanism to change Medical Council registration from specialist to general division and doctors typically prefer to remain on specialist division. These doctors should enrol on the PCS that best reflects their specialist registration.

I am on the general division of the Medical Council Register.

If you are registered on the general division of the Medical Council Register you should contact your PGTB to begin the process of enrolling in a PCS.

If you are not aligned with a PGTB, please contact the PGTB which you feel is most appropriate to your area of practice to begin the process of enrolling in a PCS.

A doctor on the general division who is not aligned to a PGTB should not be concerned that they will be unable to enrol in a professional competence scheme. The range of schemes established by PGTBs under arrangement with the Medical Council mean that there are schemes that are accessible to all doctors.

I am on the supervised division

If you are registered on the supervised division of the Medical Council Register you should contact your PGTB to begin the process of enrolling in a PCS.

If you are not aligned with a PGTB, please contact directly the PGTB which you feel is most appropriate to your area of practice to begin the process of enrolling in a PCS.

A doctor on the supervised division who is not aligned to a PGTB should not be concerned that they will be unable to enrol in a professional competence scheme. The range of schemes established by PGTBs under arrangement with the Medical Council mean that there are schemes that are accessible to all doctors.

When should I enrol on a PCS?

From 1 May 2011 all registered doctors were required to enrol on a PCS.

If you are on a training programme you are not required to enroll on a scheme. However you are required to enroll when:

  • Your specialist training is complete and Medical Council registration is now on the specialist division
  • Your Medical Council registration reverts from trainee specialist to general division
  • You move to Ireland: from the date of first registration with the Medical Council
  • Prior to commencement of a formal training programme: from the date of first registration with the Medical Council

Do I need to tell Medical Council that I have enrolled on a PCS?

No. However, on an annual basis, when renewing your Medical Council registration you will be asked to declare in good faith that you are enrolled in a professional competence scheme and are maintaining competence in line with requirements.

I am a practicing consultant in my specialty and have been for many years. I am not registered on the specialist division. Can I enrol with the specialty scheme?

No. Only practitioners on the specialist division can register with the specialty division PCS for that specialty. In this case, the doctor will be on the general division of the register and should contact the appropriate PGTB.

Please note you may be eligible for the specialist division and should consider applying to the Medical Council for assessment. Please contact the Medical Council for further detail on this process.

In the meantime, all doctors must be enrolled on a PCS therefore you must contact the PGTB to begin the process of enrolling in a general division PCS.

I am on the general division/supervised division and not a member of a PGTB, can I enrol on the PGTB PCS?

Practitioners who are not members or fellows of a PGTB can align themselves with the body appropriate to the specialty for which they are currently working in for the express purpose of enrolling in a PCS.

You should contact directly the PGTB which you feel is most appropriate to your area of practice for further information.

What if my specialty is not recognised by any of the PGTB?

If you are not aligned to any PGTB, you should contact the training body which is most relevant to your area of practice. You need not necessarily be a member or fellow of a training body to participate in its PCS.

It is possible for doctors in non standard practice who hold general registration with the Medical Council to enrol in the RCPI Irish Committee on Higher Medical Training (ICHMT) general division PCS for the purpose of professional competence.