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Revalidation - The essential guide to gaining CPD credits

Accumulating credits is not difficult if you plan ahead and stay positive, says Professor Ruth Chambers.

1. Be prepared and don't panic about what you have to do.

2. Keep abreast of the RCGP revisions to the requirements for GPs of 50 CPD credits per year and recertification.

3. Note that a CPD credit shows you knew what you needed to learn and you selected and applied learning to suit your needs.

4. Double your learning credits by showing the impact of applying what you learnt.

5. Log the impact as changes for the better in relation to patients, you as a practising doctor and/or the practice.

6. Get used to recording your learning/impact of changes in an electronic appraisal toolkit. The RCGP eventually expects all supporting information to be recorded online.

7. Capture your impact evidence, for example, by recording your reflections on a patient case.

8. Look at RCGP documents, they give helpful examples.

9. Be explicit on gauging your learning in terms of credits. Your appraiser must verify them.

10. Get a balance between online learning, workshops, reading, courses and in-practice and local meetings.

11. Note what you learn at education events; reflect on this and then log the impact of any changes you made a month after making them.

12. Do not waste effort on CPD not relevant to your professional roles.

13. Build up learning credits by completing the RCGP's Essential Knowledge Updates and Essential Knowledge Challenge. You can 'earn' up to 15 credits for each update.

14. The only multi-source feedback tool meeting RCGP's requirements is the GMC's. Complete at least one survey by March 2012.

15. Work with colleagues to finish two clinical audits to demonstrate your audit/re-audit role and personal quality of care standard.

16. If returning to practice after a break other options available include taking a MCQ and clinical skills test.

17. Help the revalidation portfolio 'responsible officer': log supporting data.

18. Log evidence against the GMC's domains: knowledge, skills and performance; quality and safety; communication and teamwork; and maintaining trust.

19. Revalidation is a five-year cycle. There is no need for yearly CPD updates.

20. Stay positive - planning ahead will help.

  • Professor Chambers is honorary professor at Staffordshire University and a GP in Stoke-on-Trent
  • www.rcgp.org.uk RCGP Guide to the Credit-Based System for CPD (Version 2.0); RCGP Guide to the Revalidation of General Practitioners (Version 3.0)

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