This page provides information about how the RCOG administers its continuing professional development (CPD) programme.
Administration of CPD
The RCOG’s Professional Development Committee oversees the administration of CPD. Day-to-day decisions are made in consultation with the Chair of the Professional Development Committee and the Education Policy and Quality.
The CPD programme is open to RCOG members and non-members working in O&G in non-training posts.
O&G doctors who are recommended for the award of a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) are automatically registered on the RCOG’s CPD programme.
Any other doctors wishing to register on the RCOG’s CPD programme should visit the CPD registration page, which explains the process and the annual charge (applicable to non-members and those practising outside the UK).
The General Medical Council (GMC) guidance on CPD states that:
‘Employers and contractors of doctors’ services are responsible for making sure their workforce is competent, up to date and able to meet the needs of the service. They should maintain and develop the skills of all of their medical staff whether they are consultants, staff grade, specialty or associate specialist (SAS) doctors, sessional general practitioners (GPs), locum doctors or trainees. They should also facilitate access to the resources (including the time to learn) that will support this. Responsibility for fulfilling CPD requirements and achieving learning rests with the individual doctor. However, the employing organisation (including locum agencies, where applicable) should provide support for professional development in partnership with other relevant bodies.’
The RCOG considers that the professional competence of its Fellows and Members and those involved in College activities is in the interest of all employers. Employers should therefore consider it best practice to offer as much support as possible for these activities, in terms of both study leave and funding.
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This section of the site also contains information about:
For more information about the revalidation process, please visit the revalidation section of this site.
For more information about appraisal, please visit the appraisals page.
If you have any questions, or need additional information, please email the CPD Office or call +44 20 7772 6307.