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Medical Expert annual CPD hours 2021 to 2022 – Information for AUTs and MROs

Published 2 August 2021

Ensuring the independence and quality of medical reports in personal injury claims for whiplash is a key part of MedCo's role. That includes maintaining the ongoing quality and value of medical expert’s training through the medical expert’s accreditation process.

Medical experts must be MedCo accredited before they can be selected to provide medical reports through the MedCo system. 

Annual CPD for medical experts

Since June 2019, after achieving the initial accreditation certificate, all experts are transferred into the MedCo Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Programme.  

The CPD academic year runs from 1 June to 31 May each year.

For new medical experts the annual CPD requirement will start at the beginning of the first CPD academic year following completion of the accreditation. (For example, if accreditation training was completed in Nov 2020, the CPD requirement will commence from 1 June 2021).

 

What is the annual MedCo CPD training programme made up of?

The MedCo CPD training programme runs annually from 1 June to 31 May. It is made up of a variety of modules designed by the MedCo Education and Training Committee. Some modules are mandatory, and others are optional.

Each year the MedCo Board will stipulate how many hours training is to be completed for the next CPD year. The requirement for June 2021 to May 2022 requirement is 6 hours.

In any academic year the MedCo Board may also introduce Mandatory Modules that must be completed by the expert by a set date. Mandatory Modules may cover issues such as changes in legislation or key issues affecting Medico legal reporting.  

 

What happens if an expert does not complete the annual CPD hours in the academic year June - May?

If an expert fails to complete the required CPD hours, their MedCo status will be suspended.   As an MRO or Authorised User you must continue to check the status of a medical expert prior to instruction.

Experts will remain suspended until the CPD shortfall has been made up.

If an expert fails to complete the outstanding CPD hours within 12 months of the end of the academic year of the shortfall, they will be withdrawn from the MedCo system.

 

How is the suspension removed?

Suspension will only be lifted on the expert’s completion of the CPD shortfall from the previous year. Shortfall CPD hours will not count towards the current year CPD requirement.

 

Withdrawal from MedCo

If an expert is withdrawn from the MedCo system for failing to complete the CPD shortfall, they will not be reinstated. Should an expert wish to re-commence MedCo work, they will have to re-register to become an accredited medical expert and start the full accreditation training again from the beginning.

(As long as an expert maintains their status as a MedCo accredited medical expert, they will not need to repeat the initial accreditation training once they have successfully completed it).

 

What do I need to do?

MROs and Authorised Users should continue to check MedCo to ensure that expert(s) are operational prior to instruction.

Experts will be responsible for maintaining their own accredited status by completing the annual CPD requirement.  All experts automatically transfer to the CPD programme and receive periodic reminders on the status of their CPD progress.  They will also be able to track their progress from their MedCo account. 

All existing accreditation and CPD course material is available for the experts reference at any time. 

Accreditation certificates no longer have an expiry date.  Once the initial accreditation is achieved it remains valid provided the expert maintains their CPD requirement. Certificates are not issued for completion of CPD.

 

How do I check the status of a Medical Expert?

To check the MedCo status of a medical expert you can us the Expert Enquiry Service. Find out how to use the service here:

https://www.medco.org.uk/media/1077/check-the-medco-status-of-a-medical-expert.pdf

 

Information and FAQs can be found on the MedCo website at:

 

https://www.medco.org.uk/media/1160/accreditation-and-cpd-faqs-v3.pdf

https://www.medco.org.uk/faqs/

 

For support and information contact: enquiries@medco.org.uk

 

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