Further Operational reminders for Medical Experts
Published: 18 November 2021
We are writing to let you know some important reminders relating to the topics of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and Identification to assist you in using the MedCo system and ensure you stay compliant.
This follows on from the operational reminders sent on 10 November 2021 regarding the MedCo reference, terms and conditions and First Fixed Recoverable Cost Medical Reports.
CPD requirements during periods of inactivity and suspension
- Identification checks of claimants
CPD requirements during suspension or account set to ‘inactive’
During periods of suspension or if your account is set to inactive you are still required to fulfil your MedCo CPD requirement.
Whilst suspended or in-active, you can still log in to your account in the usual way and navigate to your training. Your CPD will be available for you.
If you do not maintain your CPD and the MedCo academic year expires during your suspension period, you will remain suspended until your CPD requirement has been caught up. This applies regardless whether suspension for another reason has been lifted, until the CPD shortfall has been made up.
If you fail to complete outstanding CPD hours within 12 months of the end of the academic year of the shortfall you will be withdrawn from the MedCo system.
- Account set to ‘in-active’
If you do not maintain your CPD during a period where your account is set to ‘in-active’ and the MedCo academic year expires during your inactive period, your account will be suspended until your CPD requirement has been caught up. You have 12 months to complete any shortfall of CPD. Shortfall CPD hours do not count towards the current year’s CPD requirement.
If you fail to complete outstanding CPD hours within 12 months of the end of the academic year of the shortfall you will be withdrawn from the MedCo system
Experts are reminded that they are required to check a claimant’s identity during remote examinations in the same way identification would be checked at a face-to-face examination. The findings should be noted in the report to confirm the documents that were checked to verify the claimant’s identity.
If no identity verification checks took place, this should also be noted in the report.
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