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Message from CEO

Since 2011 all doctors who are registered in the general, specialist and supervised division of the Medical Council’s register have had a legal requirement to maintain professional competence by enrolling in a professional competence scheme with a recognised postgraduate training body. As the regulator, we have the statutory responsibility to ensure that all doctors are carrying out their duty with the primary aim of ensuring patients are safeguarded.

As it has been five years since this obligation came into effect, we felt it was the right time to review the successes and the challenges of Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Through this analysis we found that there was a very specific cohort of doctors who were much less likely to enrol in professional competence schemes than others, and this is very interesting. With this information, we hope to get to the root of the problem to try and understand why these doctors are less likely to enrol in professional competence schemes than others.

In other news, I look forward to welcoming you to our Patient Safety and Leadership Conference which is taking place on Thursday 27th October at the Radisson Blu hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 2. The conference schedule along with experts in the field of leadership and patient safety also includes sessions in clinical audit and dealing with adverse events.

And finally, as we at the Medical Council are committed to enhancing the culture of patient safety in Ireland, I would highly encourage all health professionals to make every effort to get the flu vaccination this winter with the fundamental aim of protecting patients.