Posted on August 25, 2014

The 2014/2015 Professional Development Programme (PDP) for non-consultant hospital doctors (NCHDs) working in the fields of surgery and emergency medicine, taking place at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), has been announced with this year’s programme offering a newly expanded choice of technical skills and human factors modules. Eligible NCHDs have until Friday, 26th September to enrol on the Programme.
The Programme, which is now in its fourth  year, is commissioned and funded by the Health Service Executive (HSE) to facilitate NCHDs within the public health service, who are not on training schemes, to maintain their professional competence in line with Medical Council requirements and provides a structured means of achieving 20 external CPD credits. Approximately 500 NCHDs are eligible for enrolment on the Programme and the HSE will cover the cost of participation for NCHDs who meet the criteria and enrol by the 26th September deadline.
The programme includes technical skills modules and Human Factors and Patient Safety training. Newly added to the technical skills suite of classes are modules on ‘Medicine in Surgery’ and ‘Chest & Abdomen Trauma’.  Additional technical skills modules include basic and advanced surgical skills courses aimed at SHOs. Advanced courses in endoscopy and laparoscopic surgery are targeted at senior registrars.
For Emergency Medicine two new courses dedicated to ‘Emergency Radiology’ and ‘Safe Sedation in the Emergency Department’ have been added. In Human Factors and Patient Safety, a new course ‘Professional Competence in a Multicultural Workplace’ has been added.
Professor Oscar Traynor, Director, National Surgical Training Centre, RCSI, said: “The RCSI Professional Development Programme assists NCHDs to satisfy their professional competence requirement. The programme provides highly relevant courses for emergency medicine and surgery NCHDs at both SHO and Registrar level, to equip them with invaluable skills and technical expertise needed in order to excel in their speciality.”
Prof Eilis McGovern, National Programme Director for Medical Training, HSE said: “The Professional Development Programme provides a structured curriculum for NCHDs to achieve up to 20 CPD credits per annum, with a choice of modules tailored for both surgery and emergency medicine now available. We strongly encourage all eligible NCHDs who are not currently on a training scheme to enrol on the Programme by 26th September in order to avail of the educational activities which the HSE is supporting.”
The Professional Development Programme is open to NCHDs who are registered on the General Division or Supervised Division of the Register of Medical Practitioners maintained by the Medical Council. NCHDs must hold the 2010 NCHD contract and be working within the public health service. To successfully enrol on the Professional Development Programme, applicants must have paid the annual Professional Competence Scheme Fee for 2014/2015.
Since the 1st of May 2011, it has been mandatory for all doctors to register with a Professional Competence Scheme (PCS) run by one of the postgraduate training bodies. RCSI has been designated by the Irish Medical Council to run PCS for Surgery and Emergency Medicine.

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