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All doctors in non-training grades who have a
licence to practise and wish to remain on the General Medical
Council (GMC) register must participate in Continuing Professional
Development (CPD) activities to meet the requirements of
revalidation. The GMC requires documented proof of CPD as an
essential part of successful appraisal and revalidation.
This report is the College’s new guidance for
psychiatrists on CPD.
It strengthens important areas and clarifies issues that the
College’s Professional Standards department knows from its helpdesk
needed to be addressed. In terms of underlying principles, the two
major amendments are promotion of reflection as part of the CPD
process to improve practice and emphasising the responsibilities of
the peer group in assuring the College of the quality of
This guidance applies to all psychiatrists, consultants,
speciality doctors, associate specialists, senior clinical medical
officers, staff grade doctors and other doctors in similar
Please note this report replaces all previously published
guidance on the subject of CPD, including CR157. Good
Psychiatric Practice: Continuing Professional Development (2nd
edn) from 2010 and CR90. Good Psychiatric Practice:
CPD from 2001.
Other developments in the new guidance
- Psychiatrists involved in
any clinical practice will need to undertake at
least 30 hours of “Clinical” CPD each year to be in good standing
with the College.
- There is no requirement to undertake specific
amounts of ‘internal’ or ‘external’ CPD but the peer group should
support the psychiatrist to access learning in the most appropriate
(rather than cheapest or most convenient) way.
- Being in good standing with the College for
CPD cannot be carried over during periods of extended leave. The
psychiatrist can either make up the required credits within the CPD
year or accept that they will not be in good standing for this
- Reading, if accompanied by evidence of
appropriate reflection can count for up to 5 of the maximum 25
credits allowed for e-learning.
- Peer groups for CPD
- CPD activities: requirements
- The role of reflection in CPD
- Recording CPD
- Planning and review of CPD activity
- Quality control of CPD activity
- Responsibilities of employers
- Special circumstances
- References and further information
- Appendix 1. Peer group meeting record
- Appendix 2. Reflective note guidance