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GMC launches mobile app for doctors’ professional development

Press Release

06 Aug 2015

The GMC has launched a mobile app to help doctors manage their continuous professional development.

We have developed and tested (the app) with practising professionals – it should help doctors keep their learning records up to date, and reflect appropriately on their learning.

Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the General Medical Council

The new app ‘GMC My CPD’ allows doctors to record their learning activities on the go, at the click of a button.

Whether on the way back from a seminar, or when they have received some good advice from a colleague, the app will provide a useful way for doctors to store learning points.

Importantly, it also allows them to set a reminder so the app will ask them at a later date if changes to their practice have been effective.

Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the General Medical Council, said.

‘CPD is an integral part of practising medicine and we very much hope this app will be a useful aid for front line doctors. We have developed and tested it with practising professionals – it should help doctors keep their learning records up to date, and reflect appropriately on their learning.’

The app will allow doctors to record all aspects of their work wherever they are, so long as they have their mobile device with them.

Consultation with doctors revealed that many already have a system for managing their CPD, though not necessarily a portable one. The app can complement those systems, or act as a single way of recording learning for doctors who do not currently have one.

In addition the app will allow them to photograph learning certificates and voice record their ideas and thoughts.

It also provides advice and case studies, including planning, reflecting on points of learning, and how to prepare for appraisal.

Notes to editors

The CPD app is aimed at all doctors on the UK medical register.

CPD helps doctors to keep their knowledge and skills up to date throughout their working life and to maintain and improve their performance in accordance with our guidance on Good medical practice.

CPD guidance is to help doctors to plan and reflect on their learning opportunities and prepare to discuss this at appraisals.

The app was developed by Apadmi, who also developed the BBC i-player app.

It can be downloaded through Android and Apple app stores on most mobiles and tablets.

The General Medical Council (GMC) is an independent organisation that helps to protect patients and improve medical education and practice across the UK.

  • We decide which doctors are qualified to work here and we oversee UK medical education and training.
  • We set the standards that doctors need to follow, and make sure that they continue to meet these standards throughout their careers.
  • We take action when we believe a doctor may be putting the safety of patients, or the public's confidence in doctors, at risk.

We are not here to protect doctors - their interests are protected by others. Our job is to protect the public.

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