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CPD categories

This page provides information about the various CPD categories used in the RCOG programme:

Local (code L)

  • Purpose: to capture a clinician’s local job-plan-related and non-clinical educational activities; most of these activities will be discussed locally through the appraisal process
  • Minimum requirement: 50 credits in each 5-year cycle
  • Rate of accrual: varies according to the activity, but you may claim a maximum of 25 credits per type of activity

Types of activity

Attending local or regional meetings

1 credit per hour, excluding breaks

Examples: clinical review, audit, risk management, local protocol and other multidisciplinary meetings or regional postgraduate meetings

Formal undergraduate or postgraduate teaching

1 credit per hour, excluding breaks

Please give the title of your teaching sessions as each one can be claimed only once during the 5-year cycle

Supervised learning

1 credit per hour (maximum of 25 credits per placement)

Structured learning of new techniques under supervision on a hands-on basis

Developing or presenting a local or regional audit against national (NICE/RCOG) standards

5 credits per audit

Developing and undertaking an audit of personal clinical practice

5 credits per audit

National/international (code N)

  • Purpose: to capture a clinician’s contribution to the national or international agenda or for learning from the national or international scene
  • Minimum requirement: 50 credits in each 5-year cycle
  • Rate of accrual: varies according to the activity, but you may claim a maximum of 25 credits per type of activity

Types of activity

Attending national and international meetings directly relevant to the specialty and courses to learn technical skills

1 credit per hour, excluding breaks

Includes RCOG meetings and courses, e.g. Annual Professional Development conference, a hysteroscopy course or a ‘training the trainers’ course

Presentations given at a national/international specialty meeting or course

Please give the title of your presentations as the same presentation can be claimed only once during the 5-year cycle

Includes:

  • Formal presentations as an invited speaker (5 credits per presentation)
  • Poster presentations (3 credits per presentation)
  • Abstract presentation (3 credits per presentation)
  • Informal presentations, leading a workshop or giving demonstrations on a course (1 credit per hour)

Setting exam questions

1 credit per accepted question (maximum of 5 credits per year)

Includes MRCOG, SBAs, MCQs, OSCEs

Examining

Includes:

  • Formal postgraduate and undergraduate examining (1 credit per hour, to a maximum of 5 credits per exam diet)
  • Mock postgraduate examining (1 credit per hour, to a maximum of 5 credits per year)
  • Examining a postgraduate thesis (up to 10 credits per thesis)

Developing national guidelines

5 credits per guideline

Participant needs to demonstrate their personal involvement

Developing national audits

1 credit per hour (up to 10 credits per national audit)

Contributing to confidential enquiries

1 credit per hour (up to 10 credits per national enquiry)

Publishing articles and questions in TOG for revalidation purposes

5 credits per article, including related questions

Personal/professional (code P)

  • Purpose: to capture activities that develop an individual professionally, or specialty-related activities that derive from a personal interest
  • Minimum requirement: 50 credits in each 5-year cycle
  • Rate of accrual: varies according to the activity but you may claim a maximum of 25 credits per type of activity

Types of activity

Attending national and international meetings directly relevant to the specialty and courses to learn technical skills

1 credit per hour, excluding breaks

Includes RCOG meetings and courses, e.g. Annual Professional Development conference, a hysteroscopy course or a ‘training the trainers’ course

Publication of a paper or review article in a refereed journal

5 credits per publication

Publication of a chapter in a book

5 credits per chapter

Publication of a book

15 credits per book

Original letter published in a refereed journal

2 credits per letter

Authoring a grant application

5 credits per grant application

Reviewing/editing publications

1 credit per hour

Editing/assessing grant applications

1 credit per hour

Reflective learning

1 credit per clinical reflective learning episode

Includes analysis of a significant clinical event; a reflective learning form is built into your ePortfolio, but please also visit the reflection page

E-learning

2 credits per StratOG tutorial

1 credit per non-RCOG module/tutorial

Other personal learning

1 credit per hour (maximum of 25 credits per ‘project’, diploma or degree course)

Must be agreed with the CPD Office in advance; examples include a postgraduate degree relevant to the specialty (e.g. MSc in medical education or ultrasound)

Knowledge-based assessment (code K)

  • Purpose: to introduce knowledge-based assessment for the purpose of revalidation in the UK; although revalidation is only applicable in the UK, all CPD participants must meet the requirements set in this category
  • Minimum requirement: 50 credits in each 5-year cycle, from 1 January 2011
  • Credits in excess of 50 claimed in the knowledge-based assessment category can be used as a ‘wild card’; i.e. they can count towards the minimum requirements of the local, national/international and personal/professional categories as the participant deems appropriate

Types of activity

Submitting answers online to the questions provided in TOG (The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist)

2 credits per article (70% of questions correctly answered)

From the articles available in TOG, CPD participants should normally be able to achieve at least 10 credits annually

If you're unable to find TOG articles suitable for your specialty (e.g. if you work in genitourinary medicine), you may use another knowledge-based assessment activity; participants will need to liaise with the CPD Office to agree this.

Other knowledge-based assessment

CPD participants can also claim credits in the knowledge-based assessment category for the electronic Fetal Monitoring programme (eFM), as follows:

  • 2 CPD credits for each assessment where you achieve the pass mark of 70%
  • Case studies published from 2013 where you achieve a pass mark of 70% will provide 2 credits. Case studies published prior to 2013 will not earn CPD credits.
  • The maximum number of credits you can claim from eFM per cycle is 25

The College has also produced eLearning (StratOG) cases that are suitable for knowledge-based assessment:

  • 2 CPD credits are claimable after you pass the self-assessment in the clinical skills case studies with a score of 70% within three attempts.

Contact us

If you have any questions, or need additional information, please email the CPD Office or call +44 20 7772 6307.

Elsewhere on the site

CPD FAQs
Answers to frequently asked questions about the RCOG’s CPD programme
Guide to CPD
General information about CPD at the RCOG, including how to register and how to use the CPD/Revalidation ePortfolio