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About the Professional Competence Scheme

The ICGP operates a professional competence scheme (PCS) for GPs under arrangement with the Irish Medical Council (IMC).

As of May 2011, all doctors on the Medical Council register are legally obliged to maintain their professional competence by enrolling in professional competence schemes and following requirements set by the Medical Council.

You can contact us at professionalcompetence@icgp.ie or call us on 01 676 3705 and we will be happy to assist you.

Please note that the current professional competence year runs until 30 April 2019.

Do I send my annual participation statement in with my registration documents?

No, you do not need to send this statement in with your registration documents. » read more

How long should records/evidence be kept for?

At present, Professional Competence Schemes have a 5 year cycle and therefore all records and documentary evidence must be kept for this 5 year period and for 1 further year. » read more

How protected/confidential will data collected be?

The data collected through Professional Competence Schemes will be used for the purpose of carrying out any reasonable activity for the efficient administration, monitoring and audit of the PCS » read more

I am a retired/semi-retired GP. How can I meet my internal credit requirement?

The ICGP also runs a Retired and Semi-Retired GPs Discussion Group that takes place once a month (usually the second Friday of the month) in the ICGP offices at 4-5 Lincoln Place. » read more

I am a single-handed GP, how can I accrue internal credits?

While it is sometimes difficult for single-handed GPs to have internal practice meetings, you can still record any discussions you have with a pharmacist, counsellor, GP colleague or other health professional about patient care. This can include telephone discussions where relevant. » read more

Introduction to external credits

External CPD credits focus on the maintenance of your knowledge and skills. » read more

Introduction to internal credits

Internal CPD credits focus on the review and development of your own practice. » read more

What is involved in Professional Competence Schemes?

Professional Competence Schemes are designed to promote self directed and practice-based learning activities rather than supervised training. » read more

When do I need to join a professional competence scheme and do I need to record the full requirements?

Once you complete your training, you have 30 days to enroll on a Professional Competence Scheme (PCS) as per the Irish Medical Council (IMC) requirements. » read more

When will I be able to access my updated Statement of Participation?

You will be able to access your updated Statement of Participation from Wednesday May 9 onwards. » read more

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