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Medical Council to host Conference on Professional Competence

16th February 2011

In advance of the introduction of Professional Competence Schemes in May, the Medical Council today announced that it is to host a half day Conference, ‘Maintaining Competence, Maintaining Trust’ on Friday 8th April, 2011. 

From May 2011, all registered medical practitioners will be legally obliged to demonstrate their commitment to maintaining anddeveloping their knowledge and skills by enrolling in professional competence schemes and following requirements set by the Medical Council.

Announcing the Conference, President of the Medical Council Professor Kieran C. Murphy said: “We know that the vast majority of doctors are already engaged in continuous professional development in some form, but the introduction of a professional competence system in Ireland will formalise this process and further demonstrate to the public that doctors are committed to providing the best possible care by engaging in lifelong learning and skills development”. 

Conference attendees will hear a range of national and international experts speak on the theme of Professional Competence.  Speakers include International Team Leader & Chief Operating Officer - National Health Regulatory Authority, Bahrain, Dr Alison Reid, Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan, Director and Medical Director of the National Clinical Assessment Service in the UK Professor Alastair Scotland.

Professor Murphy added: “This Conference will seek to further inform doctors about their requirements under the new Professional Competence Schemes which come into effect in May 2011. It is an opportunity for doctors to learn about the experience of similar schemes operating in other jurisdictions including the UK and Australia and will also provide a forum for questions regarding professional competence schemes in Ireland to be addressed.”

The half day Conference ‘Maintaining Competence, Maintaining Trust’ will take place on Friday 8th April 2011 from 8.30am – 2pm in the Croke Park Conference Centre. The Conference is open to all medical registrants and anyone with an interest in medical regulation and the work of the Medical Council.  A small administrative fee will be charged to cover the cost of conference registration and lunch.  An early bird fee of €20 is available until 11th March and thereafter a fee of €30 will be charged to conference registrants.

Conference attendees will be awarded CPD credits for attendance.

More information is available by clicking here.

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For further information contact:
Lorna Farren - Medical Council, Communications Manager – Professional Competence
Telephone: +353 1 4983173
Email: lfarren@mcirl.ie