CPD Scheme

The RCR CPD scheme is designed to be personalised, meaningful and valuable to Fellows and members placing greater emphasis on reflection, the outcomes of CPD activities, and recognising the opportunities provided by online learning.

  • The scheme maintains the principle that doctors should, as a minimum, achieve at least 250 credits over five years in order to remain up to date in their specialties. Ideally this should be evenly spread, with approximately 50 CPD credits achieved per year.
  • All types of activities can attract CPD as long as a doctor can demonstrate that they are genuinely developmental and are relevant to a doctor’s professional practice.
  • There is no division of credits between Category 1 (external) and Category 2 (internal) CPD, and no distinction between clinical and non-clinical education.
  • An important component of an individual’s CPD is learning from the wider NHS and other healthcare systems, as well as gaining experience from clinical colleagues outside their own organisation. The RCR, recommends that doctors obtain 20 credits per year from attendance at face-to-face external meetings.
  • There are no maximum annual limits upon the type of CPD activities that earn credits, however, doctors should aim for a balance of activities between clinical, academic and professional.
  • Reflection is an integral part of CPD and doctors are encouraged to record their reflection on CPD. Doctors can claim additional credits for reflecting on what they have learned and the likely impact on their professional practice and patient care.

If you have any queries regarding the Scheme please email cpd@rcr.ac.uk or phone 020 7405 1282, option 5.

Please also see our Short Guide to the RCR CPD Scheme