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A spokesperson for the Medical Council told the Medical Independent (MI) that the consultation process will focus on “exploring areas of development” of the professional competence scheme model.
“We are looking forward to working with our colleagues in the PGTBs and HSE to both maintain the obvious achievements attained thus far with the implementation of a mandatory maintenance of professional competence model in Ireland, and to consider how the existing model can evolve, drawing on national and international best practice,” the Council spokesperson told MI.
In a recent Medical Council newsletter, Council CEO Mr Bill Prasifka stated that service level agreements with the PGTBs had been signed in respect of professional competence schemes.
“This ongoing co-operation with the PGTBs develops our strategy to continually monitor and assess the establishment and operation of the Schemes,” according to Mr Prasifka.
“Through the encouragement of CPD and clinical audits, both parties seek to contribute to patient safety and the quality of patient care. We are also delighted that our presentation on Professional Competence Schemes has been accepted and will be presented at this year’s IAMRA [International Association of Medical Regulatory Authorities] conference, taking place in October. This presentation hopes to further increase awareness of CPD and its importance in the career of a medical practitioner.”
Elsewhere in the newsletter, Mr Prasifka stated that the first set of regional accreditation visits took place on 4-5 May.
Two teams went out to inspect four clinical training sites within the Saolta University Health Care Group: University Hospital Galway, Letterkenny University Hospital, Portiuncula University Hospital and Sligo University Hospital.
“Both teams are currently working hard on compiling the report,” stated Mr Prasifka.
“These accreditation sites were not only opportunities to ensure training environments and working conditions are of the highest order, but also a chance to meet with the profession in their working world to ensure safe and good-quality care is delivered to members of the public.”