03 August 2018
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What are the requirements for trainees taking an approved period out of training?

Doctors who are in a specialist training programme in Ireland leading to a Certificate of Specialist Doctor (basic or higher specialist training) who are taking period out of clinical programme approved by their training committee are NOT required to register for a Professional Competence Scheme.

During your time out of programme, you must demonstrate that you are maintaining your competence by satisfactorily meeting the requirements of the training committee.

This would include periods in approved research posts, in training posts in other jurisdictions or other approved out of programme activities.

Doctors who undertake research who are not enrolled in a specialist training programme who are the General or Specialist Register must enrol in an appropriate PCS.

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