Professional Development

The site provides regular updates for trainees and trainers on various aspects of medical training.

Want to know what's the difference between the Continuous Professional Development Support Scheme and the Professional Competence Scheme?

Professional Competence Scheme (PCS)

Under the Medical Practitioners Act 2007, all doctors who are registered with the Medical Council (of Ireland) are required to maintain their Professional Competence in line with requirements set by the Medical Council.  This legal requirement came into effect from May 2011.  Schemes will be operated by postgraduate training bodies.

Doctors are legally obliged to maintain their professional competence by enrolling in the professional competence scheme and following the requirements set by the Medical Council.  Schemes are in place for all registered doctors on the Specialist, General and Supervised Division of the Medical Register.

Doctors practising medicine in individually numbered, identifiable training posts approved by the Medical Council will fulfil maintenance of professional competence requirements by virtue of being registered in the trainee specialist division. No further action is required by these doctors in training posts other than satisfactory pursuit of training.

For full details of Professional Competence requirement please visit the Medical Council of Ireland’s website

Continuous Professional Development Support Scheme (CPD-SS)

Continuous Professional Development Support Schemes are funded by National Doctors Training and Planning, via the various training bodies and have been developed with a view to providing NCHDs who are not engaged in specialist training i.e. doctors in non-training posts with a suite of professional educational activities which will assist you in fulfilling some of the requirements of the Professional Competence Scheme. 


Each CPD-SS has been developed to enable you to achieve a minimum of 20 externally validated credits per annum as required.

The commissioning of these programmes by the HSE is governed by Service Level Agreements with the relevant postgraduate training bodies. 

More information is available in the recently published CPD-SS Guidance Document for NCHDs.

Enrolment for the 2021/2022 is now open until 30th September 2021.

The September to January prospectus is available here.CPD SS Brochure September - January 2022.pdf (size 738.2 KB)