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Medical Expert annual CPD hours 2022 to 2023 – Information for AUTs and MROs

Published 9 June 2022

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 2021, the CPD requirement will commence from 1 June 2022).

 

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 2022 to May 2023 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.

Please note that the period allowed to catch up the shortfall has changed and is now 6 months.   This is also reflected in the updated MedCo Policies document published 9 June 2022.

If an expert fails to complete the outstanding CPD hours within 6 months of the end of the academic year of the shortfall, they will be withdrawn from the MedCo system.

 

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:

How to check the MedCo status of a medical expert

 

Information and FAQs can be found:

FAQs

Accreditation and CPD FAQs 

 

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