Guidance for Continuing Professional Development

Issued January 2013
Rebranded 2017

Keeping up to date with professional developments is an integral part of good medical practice and is an important component of revalidation. The General Medical Council (GMC) has emphasised that continuing professional development (CPD) should be tailored to the specific needs of the individual doctor, based on his or her personal practice.

This document represents the view of the College on how CPD should be carried out by doctors working in anaesthesia, intensive care and pain medicine.

The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) is the professional body responsible for the specialty of anaesthesia throughout the United Kingdom. It ensures the quality of patient care through the maintenance of standards in anaesthesia, critical care and pain medicine. As such, this document also sets the standards for CPD in the specialty.

There is also advice available from the GMC.


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