CPD

Continuing Professional Development for examiners

Physicians are responsible for keeping themselves up-to-date in all areas of their practice. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) enables physicians to demonstrate that they are maintaining their skills in their practice.

The Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK awards CPD credits for MRCP(UK) and Specialty Certificate Examination (SCE) examining activities. The Federation has agreed to award up to 12 external credits per year for examining activities.

CPD certificates

CPD certificates are distributed once a year, in late May/early June; however, examiners are encouraged to record their examining activity in their CPD diary throughout the year.

How to claim CPD credits

To add MRCP(UK) activities as external credits to your CPD diary follow these steps:

  1. Go to the 'Add Self Certified Entry' tab of your CPD diary
  2. Click on the ‘MRCP(UK)’ tab
  3. Enter the date the activity took place, activity details and the number of credits, and select the MRCP(UK) activity
  4. Click on ‘Add this activity to your diary’
  5. Complete a reflection
  6. Click on ‘Finish’.

The first 12 credits from MRCP(UK) activities will be counted as external credits and the remaining credits counted as personal credits. All Trainee Examiner activities must be counted as personal credits.

If you have any queries about how to add your CPD credits for MRCP(UK) please contact your College.

If you have any queries about the number of credits awarded please contact the MRCP(UK) at: cpd.queries@mrcpuk.org

Guide to CPD credits awarded for MRCP(UK) and SCE examining activities

For details of what CPD credits are awarded for MRCP(UK) and SCE examining activities see the table below:

CPD credits for MRCP(UK) and SCE activities
 

Activity CPD credits Validated by
SCE Examining Board member 6 CPD credits for each full day attendance at a Board meeting Associate Medical Director
SCE Question Writing Group member 6 CPD credits for each full day attendance at a QWG meeting Associate Medical Director
SCE Standard Setting Group member 6 CPD credits for each full day attendance at an SSG meeting Associate Medical Director
MRCP(UK) Part 1 Examining Board member 6 CPD credits for each full day attendance at a Board meeting Chair, MRCP(UK) Part 1 Examining Board
MRCP(UK) Part 2 Examining Board member 6 CPD credits for each full day attendance at a Board meeting Chair, MRCP(UK) Part 2 Examining Board
MRCP(UK) Clinical Examining Board member 4 CPD credits for each full day attendance at a Board meeting Chair, MRCP(UK) Clinical Examining Board
MRCP(UK) Specialty Question Group member 6 CPD credits for each full day attendance at an SQG meeting Chair, MRCP(UK) SQG
MRCP(UK) Part 1 Standard Setting Group member 6 CPD credits for each full day attendance at an SSG meeting Chair, MRCP(UK) Part 1 SSG
MRCP(UK) Part 2 Standard Setting Group member 6 CPD credits for each full day attendance at an SSG meeting Chair, MRCP(UK) Part 2 SSG
MRCP(UK) Part 2 Clinical Examination (PACES) Examiner 2 CPD credits per PACES cycle Chair, MRCP(UK) Clinical Examining Board
MRCP(UK) Part 2 Clinical Examination (PACES) Trainee Examiner 6 personal CPD credits for a full day's attendance (three PACES cycles) Chair, MRCP(UK) Clinical Examining Board
MRCP(UK) Scenario Editorial Committee member 6 CPD credits for each full day attendance at an SEC meeting Chair, MRCP(UK) Clinical Examining Board

For further information on the Federation’s CPD scheme and to add credits to your CPD diary please visit the Royal College of Physicians of London website.