Medical Expert Accreditation - Notification of Continuous Professional Development requirements from 1 June 2019
Published: 23 May 2019
You will have seen previous communications about the upcoming changes to the MedCo CPD and accreditation process. From 01 June 2019, all accredited operational experts will automatically transfer to the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Programme.
As well as encouraging continual development, the new process will provide MedCo the opportunity to introduce new modules where relevant and ensure the training reflects the current requirements in Medico-Legal reporting.
CPD hours required
The CPD academic year will run from 1 June to 31 May each year.
The MedCo Board have confirmed that the CPD requirement for the academic year 2019/2020 for Medical Experts will be 6 hours.
If your accreditation certificate is due to expire before 1 June 2019 it will remain valid and you will remain accredited until 31 May 2020, by which time you will need to have completed the required 6 hours CPD.
If your accreditation certificate has an expiry date in the future, you will still transfer over to CPD on 01 June 2019 and will be required to complete the 6 hours training by 31 May 2020.
There are a number of modules available designed by the MedCo Education and Training Committee on a range of relevant subjects for you to select and complete.
Some modules will be mandatory and the first of these modules is entitled ‘Understanding MedCo’ which will serve as a useful piece of background information about the service and its purpose. All experts will be required to complete this module during the 2019/2020 academic year. You are then able to choose between the other modules until you have fulfilled the remaining hours to reach the 6-hour CPD requirement.
Please note that it may be necessary on occasion for MedCo to introduce a further mandatory module(s) during the academic year which you will be required to complete even if you have already completed the required 6 hours. These will be kept to a minimum.
CPD modules do not have to be completed in any particular order.
To access the training material, log on to your MedCo account and select the Training option that is available on your home page. You will see your training record and all the modules that are available to you. Joining instructions for each module will be self-explanatory on your training record. As you progress through your CPD your record will update, and you will be able to see how much training you have completed and how much is outstanding.
Please note that once you have met your annual requirement, any additional modules completed will not be counted as part of your CPD.
CPD hours cannot be carried over from one academic year to another. This applies even if the selections you have made take you over the required 6 hours.
What happens if I do not complete all my annual CPD hours in the academic year June - May?
If you do not complete the required CPD hours, your MedCo status will be suspended meaning you will no longer be able to receive instructions to carry out the first fix cost medical report in RTA soft tissue injury claims.
You will remain suspended until the CPD shortfall has been made up.
Shortfall CPD hours will not count towards the current year CPD requirement. Once you have completed the shortfall you will still need to complete the CPD requirement for the current year.
If you fail to complete outstanding CPD hours within 12 months after the end of the academic year of the shortfall you will be withdrawn from the MedCo system.
Once you have been withdrawn from the MedCo system you will not be reinstated. You will have to reapply. This will mean starting the full registration and accreditation process again from the beginning.
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