CPD - Frequently Asked Questions
The following frequently asked questions
should be read in conjunction with the College’s revised
I need to register with the Colleges CPD programme?
Registering with the CPD programme is one way
to demonstrate that you are keeping your knowledge and skills
up-to-date. There is no requirement to take part
in the College’s scheme in order to be revalidated by the GMC;
further information is available in the GMC’s
guidance on supporting information for appraisal and
revalidation. However, using the College CPD programme and
involving your psychiatry peers in the development of your CPD may
provide the best evidence possible for appraisers and responsible
I eligible to register?
The College’s CPD programme is a benefit for
those in the following grades of membership: Member, Fellow,
Affiliate and Specialist Associate. The registration form is
here. It needs to be completed and returned to the CPD
Submissions team at firstname.lastname@example.org. A
registration email and letter will be issued upon receipt of the
I am in training, do I need to be in good standing for
If you are in a training grade and undergoing
the ARCP process, then you are not required to prove CPD activity.
This would normally be part of your training programme.
How can I obtain a certificate of good
The College will issue a certificate of good
standing when the following minimum requirements are met:
You are an active member of a peer
group where you can discuss learning requirements, agree PDP plans
and meet at least four times a year.
You undertake a minimum of 50 CPD
credits annually of which 30 must be in the clinical domain, if you
have a clinical component to your job.
You undertake CPD in the three
identified domains: Clinical, Professional and Academic.
You need to log onto CPD Submissions in the
members area of the College website. You will generate a
certificate on an annual basis so you will eligible for your first
certificate twelve months after you first register. The user guide
to CPD submissions is available
here which provides the details on how you complete your
What is a peer group?
A peer group is a self-selected group of
psychiatrists (of any grade) who come together to discuss their
development needs and consider from this how best these can be met.
They will support each to develop a relevant PDP, approve
individual activities and agree the submission of the PDP. You must
be an active member of a peer group in order to remain in good
I do not have a peer group - can I have a certificate
of good standing?
It is the cornerstone of the College programme
that you are an active member of a functioning peer group. We
recommend that peer groups try and make use of phone and video
calling if they are unable to attend meetings in person. Please
note that peer group members do not have to be members of the
College, but they need to be psychiatrists. They can work at
different grades, different trusts, or in the independent sector
but the key requirement is that they are able to respectfully
challenge each other across their practice. An inability to
demonstrate that you are an active member of a peer group will mean
that we cannot issue a certificate of good standing.
If you are having problems joining a peer
group, the Private and Independent Special Interest Group run a
forum where you may be able to join other psychiatrists in
forming a peer group.
My peer group are not College members - can I still
have a certificate of good standing?
Yes, please email email@example.com the
name, GMC number and email addresses of the other members of the
peer group, and we will update your account and release your
Are there any limits to what CPD activities can be
Information on CPD activity requirements can
be found in the CPD
Guidance OP98 (page 7). There are limits to CPD activities that
the peer group should work within:
E-learning is limited to 25 CPD credits
The college recommends 200 hours of
reading annually, but structured reading linked to a reflective
note can be claimed for up to a maximum of 5 CPD credits
The delivery of teaching and training
is not eligible for CPD, but any preparation work that results in
development for you would be eligible for CPD credits with the
approval of your peer group.
Television programmes aimed
specifically at a medical audience i.e. broadcasts of lectures etc.
could count towards CPD (with peer group approval). However,
programmes for general broadcast would not be eligible for CPD.
I can’t select the ‘Submit your annual return’ button
to send my submission to the College
This button remains unavailable until you have
ticked two boxes on the CPD general overview page; the first is to
confirm the members of your peer group, and the second to confirm
that they have approved your submission. Once both of these boxes
have been checked, then the button to make your submission will be
available for you to select.
I have completed my submission, why is my certificate
Your certificate will be withheld if you are
undergoing the audit process. The College randomly selects
5 per cent of all submissions for auditing. You must provide
evidence of a minimum of 20 hours of your CPD submission. We will
also contact members of your peer group to confirm your membership
of the group and to confirm that approval was given for your
submission. Once we have received your evidence and a satisfactory
email response from one of your peer group members then we can
release your certificate.
What happens to my CPD whilst I am on sick leave,
parental leave or other career break?
If you are away from work for an extended
period, you may choose one of the following options:
- Continue to meet the requirements of the
College’s CPD scheme. The use of a rolling cycle can allow the
average amount of activity to be maintained over 5 years if a
- Stop the clock on their CPD cycle whilst you
are away from work and resume your cycle on their return. In these
circumstances, a certificate of good standing will not be
Should I align my CPD cycle with my appraisal
The College policy is that it is not necessary
for your CPD cycle dates and appraisal cycle dates to be
aligned. Appraisal dates are often subject to change; by trying to
always align these two cycles, there is the potential for gaps
in your RCPsych CPD record. An up-to-date list of your CPD
activities documented but not yet submitted is available by
I work less than full time hours – are the minimum
requirements different for me?
No the requirements are the same for both full
time and less than full time doctors.
Can we have CPD points for an event we are
The College does not approve educational
activities. It is the role of the peer group to approve individual
activities for individual doctors. It is not possible to say that
an event is educationally beneficial to large numbers of
How can I download a PDF of my activity register for my
Please contact the CPD Coordinator by email at
can provide this for you. The College’s back office systems are
being upgraded in 2016 and it will soon be possible to download a
register of your activities yourself.
I am working overseas and registered with another CPD
programme – do you have a reciprocal arrangement with this
We have a reciprocal arrangement with RANZCP
(Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. Please
send a copy of your certificate to firstname.lastname@example.org and
if your membership status is current, we can issue an RCPsych
certificate. Please contact the CPD co-ordinator for further