Physicians CPD

CPD requirements for Physicians and the impact of COVID-19

We wish to offer clarification and reassurance regarding the CPD credit requirements in the current climate. We are aware that some of you will be in the unfortunate position of having had your CPD activity cancelled or postponed due to the developing COVID-19 situation as we reach the end of the 2019/20 CPD year. In addition, the situation for the next CPD year, 2020/21, is now looking uncertain.

With regard to the current CPD rules, we should like to emphasise the following:

  • The Federation annual credit requirements (50 overall with 25 external) are recommendations only. The GMC as the regulator does not require a fixed number of CPD credits.
  • Within the Federation guidelines if there is a shortfall in one year this can be addressed in other years as long as the 5 year recommendations are met (250 over the 5 years, half external.)

However, in the face of the current COVID-19 pandemic, we propose varying these requirements. We will support a flexible approach to CPD requirements for the remainder of the current CPD year and, in addition, for the next CPD year. Of greater importance than the number of credits obtained will be that Physicians show evidence of engagement with the CPD process. This will of course be judged by appraisers, but we hope that appraisers will very much take this statement into account when assessing CPD. We're also in the process of proposing measures that will make it easier to engage with CPD during the current pandemic. For reference, please find the standard guidance on credit requirements below.

Our comprehensive academic programme provides clinicians with a broad range of CPD approved Clinical and Non-Clinical symposia. Members of the College enjoy discounts on all educational events. With up to 60% off symposia attendance fees, which offer up to 12 external CPD credits. For further information on all live symposia, please check out our upcoming events for Physicians.

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My College Online offers CPD accredited e-learning modules; each provides relevant, high quality educational content which can be accessed conveniently in your own time and from your own home or workplace.

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CPD Diary

Fellows and Members have free access to the on-line CPD diary offered by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK as part of its CPD scheme for all post-training physicians. The CPD diary helps you maintain a personal and validated record of your CPD activities on an annual basis.

Fellows and Members must register before accessing the CPD diary for the first time. Please follow the links below for more information:

If you would like to propose a new educational event or have a specific CPD related enquiry, please email: cpd@rcpsg.ac.uk.

Physicians’ CPD App

The Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK is pleased to announce the launch of the new Physicians’ CPD app. We have developed the app to complement the much valued online CPD diary and give physicians the flexibility to record and reflect on their educational activities, wherever they are.

The new app will help support a powerful culture shift in the learning experience for consultants, SAS grades and physician associates. The app seamlessly syncs with the online CPD diary and utilises latest technology to enable reflection at the point of learning.

Key features and benefits:

  • The Physicians’ CPD app syncs automatically with your online CPD diary (link is external).
  • You can add educational activities whilst ‘on the go’ with the app’s offline capability.
  • You can access our list of over 5,000 approved activities which have been reviewed by our network of consultant physicians.
  • You are able to voice transcribe your development needs and reflections instantly. 
  • You can keep track of your CPD via the main summary screen and monitor your progress to achieving your annual credit requirements. 
  • You can add attachments as supporting information to your activities (such as a certificate of attendance).
  • You can add personal development needs and assign activities to Good Medical Practice (GMP) domains. 
  • You are able to e-mail your annual appraisal report as a PDF file at the press of a button

The “Physicians’ CPD” app is now available on the Apple Store and on Google Play.

You can find more information about the app here.


Having a programme endorsed by the College shows that it meets the same rigorous internal quality assurance processes as courses within the College’s educational provision. By having your course endorsed, you will receive the below benefits:

  • Assurance for prospective attendees that the course meets our exacting quality standards
  • Use the College logo on the marketing materials for the endorsed course
  • Use “endorsed by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow” on course material
  • In addition to endorsing the course we can provide certificates of attendance (either hard copy or electronically)

Applicants should use the below forms to apply for endorsement and send all documentation to cpd@rcpsg.ac.uk.

The College will endeavour to respond to all applications within two weeks of receiving them.

Mythbusters: addressing common misunderstandings about appraisal and revalidation

Mythbusters: addressing common misunderstandings about appraisal and revalidation is a document designed to facilitate the process of information gathering and prepare physicians for appraisal.

The document will hopefully not just provide guidance, but also give physicians the confidence to focus on what is actually required rather than what is imagined is required to collate a portfolio of relevant supporting information to confirm fitness to practice.

Physicians in the later stages of their careers and those who are retired but still need a GMC licence will also find this document useful.

Topics covered

The document addresses common misunderstandings around the following:

  • Role of appraisal in the revalidation of doctors
  • Revalidation, appraisal and continuing professional development documentation
  • Supporting information for appraisal and revalidation
  • Reflection
  • Continuing professional development
  • Quality improvement activities
  • Significant events
  • Colleague and patient feedback
  • Review of complaints and compliments
  • Personal development plans

The annexes to the document provide links to useful publications and resources for appraisal and revalidation, and details of types of CPD activities and categories of CPD credits.

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