The College Of Anaesthetists

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PCS Activities

50 CPD credit annually comprising (minimum)

- External 20 CPD credits

- Internal 20 CPD credits

- Personal Learning 5 CPD credits

- Research, Postgraduate Examining and Teaching 2 CPD credits desirable

- Audit - one clinical or practice related audit


External (e.g., accredited for CPD by CAI)

Requirements: 20 credits per year (minimum)

Regional and national scientific meetings, conferences and workshops, international conferences run by equivalent bodies and online courses with a formal assessmnet process.

Event organisers apply to CAI PCS for accreditation in advance of the event - credits are awarded based on time and educational content.



Requirements: 20 credits per year (minimum) 

Department/Hospital Meetings, Multidisciplinary Meetings, Grand Rounds and Case Presentation/Discussion. It is not necessary to seek CPD approval from CAI for these events. However, under the requirements of the Professional Competence Schemes doctors must provide evidence of having attended these activities. Your department/chair should keep a record of meeting contents/focus, times and dates a logbook of attendees to simplify collection of internal credits for each member. Any doctor can use this record, signed by the Chair of the Department of Anaesthesia or by the convenor of the teaching session, indicating the sessions he/she has attended if required e.g., if selected for verification.


Personal Learning
Requirements: 5 credits per year (minimum)

Time spent reading academic journals and/or relevant reading and study logged with a brief note of the topic and learning outcomes. It is not necessary to apply to the CAI for approval of Personal Learning Activities.


Research or Teaching  

Postgraduate teaching, postgraduate examining, research, analysis of learning needs and planning development can generate credits. It is not necessary to apply to CAI for approval of research or teaching activities. Supporting documentation, if requested, for this activity could comprise: tutorial or lecture schedules, medical school curricula, publications, meeting programmes, workshop programmes.


Please see in the attachment below the events that have been accredited for CPD by the CAI for 2017/2018.