RCGP Learning

CPD credits and appraisal

As a GP, keeping your knowledge and skills up to date through Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a professional responsibility. Our CPD Credits scheme and guidance on appraisal can help you to meet the requirements for appraisal and Revalidation.


CPD credits scheme

Our credit-based system is a mechanism for recording CPD, based on the time spent on an activity and the impact it has on the doctor, his or her patients and the service.

It can be used by any practising GP in the UK, whatever their stage of career, RCGP membership status, work setting, employment status, learning style or special interest. The scheme works on the basis that:

  • a minimum of 50 credits is required per year
  • a broad range of general practice experience should be covered in 250 credits over 5 years
  • credits will be self-assessed and verified at appraisal

The scheme is intended to meet the CPD standards and requirements for GPs Revalidation.


GP appraisal

Appraisal enables GPs to continuously improve the quality of their practice and helps with the early identification of doctors in difficulty, so that they can be offered appropriate support. GP appraisals are currently managed by PCTs.

Personal Development Plan (PDP)

Your PDP is a central part of the appraisal process. It sets your learning agenda including the CPD you intend to take for the coming year. Your PDP should promote reflective practice, learning by examining what you do in your practice.

CPD and Revalidation

Appraisal will support and inform Revalidation and is being developed to meet UK regulatory requirements for Revalidation. The appraisal process enables GPs to demonstrate through the collection of a single portfolio of evidence (including evidence of CPD) that they meet the required standards.

Resources for CPD

We provide a range of resources to help you plan your CPD and develop your knowledge and skills.

CPD strategy and principles

Contact us

If you have any questions about CPD credits, please contact education@rcgp.org.uk.

For appraisal queries, please contact revalidation@rcgp.org.uk.


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