COVID-19 - education and professional development update

As the situation develops with COVID-19, the College has updated its guidance on professional development activities including educational resources and revalidation processes. We also have collated relevant links or updates from other organisations in this section.
Last modified
18 June 2020

Changes to RCPCH educational activities

As of 18 June 2020, we have cancelled all face-to-face educational courses and events until at least January 2021. We are contacting all individual delegates who are affected by this decision to arrange a full reimbursement of the course or event fee.

We cannot at this stage guarantee when courses will recommence, but we will update this section as soon as any decisions are made about events scheduled after this date. You can read our event cancellation policy. If you have any questions about an upcoming event, please contact our Events team on

In the meantime, we're busy developing more online professional development opportunities, and look forward to updating you with more details soon.

Online learning resources remain accessible

We offer a range of free online learning resources - including eLearning, podcasts and an archive of past webinars.

As of 1 April 2020, HEE has eLearning materials on COVID-19, which are free and open access. Topics include essential guidance from the NHS, Government, WHO and BMJ, use of personal protective equipment, infection prevention and control and resources for staff working in different settings.

Clarity on RCPCH CPD requirements

We acknowledge the impact that COVID-19 will have on doctors’ abilities to attend courses and conferences, both in terms of their clinical priorities and the cancellation of many courses and events.Our CPD scheme guidelines, which mirror GMC (General Medical Council) CPD requirements, do not require doctors to complete a set number of CPD credits/hours per year or in a five-year period.

We have retained a recommendation for those doctors who wish to follow a credits approach, but it is a guideline, not a requirement. Therefore, doctors should not be concerned about being unable to attend courses, conferences, etc. over the coming months.

Our guidance already indicates that any shortfall in CPD due to extenuating circumstances in a year can be made up in subsequent years within a revalidation cycle. Doctors will continue to learn 'on the job' and reflect on their learning during these unprecedented times.

GMC update on revalidation date postponements

The General Medical Council has updated its guidance relating to revalidation dates in the coming months for those doctors originally due to revalidate before end September 2020. These will now be postponed for a year. Further updates will be added here as they become available.

Appraisal and revalidation

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges have produced generic FAQs for appraisal and revalidation during COVID-19.

NHS staff support line

Coronavirus: Your frequently asked questions (GMC link)

Your wellbeing during COVID-19 - resources recommended by members

BMA guidance for retired doctors returning to work

BMA terms and conditions guidance

GMC regulating during COVID-19 pandemic guidance

BAPM webinars - contact BAPM via your NHS email for access if not a BAPM member

BACCH guidance for retired doctors returning to community child health

PICM guidance on flexible working

BPSU COVID-19 neonatal study

NHS England service evaluation and audit on the care needs of children admitted to hospital with COVID-19

NHS England and Improvement guidance for retired doctors returning