Core principles for Continuing Professional Development

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) has published guidance on the Core Principles for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). The AoMRC is the co-ordinating body for the UK and Ireland’s medical Royal Colleges and Faculties and the guidance, which has been ratified by the Academy Council, was developed by a working party including the RCoA.

The principles include that doctors should be participating in CPD and reflection that covers the whole scope of their professional practice, that reflection should record any impact (or expected future impact) on the doctor’s performance or practice, and that all employers and contractors of doctors’ services must facilitate access to adequate resources to allow staff to develop, including time.

The guidance also advises that doctors should participate in a balance of learning methods and experiences including a significant proportion of CPD completed with colleagues outside their normal place of work. A target of 50 CPD credits each year and 250 CPD credits over five years is recommended with one CPD credit equating to one hour of educational activity.

The guidance is available here and for further information about it, please contact the RCoA Revalidation & CPD Team at

02 November 2016

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