CPR, AED and child safeguarding requirements

Satisfactory completion of the WBPA part of the MRCGP examination includes requirements to demonstrate competence in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Automated External Defibrillation (AED) and child safeguarding.

CPR, AED and GP training

GP trainees must demonstrate competence in CPR and AED. At the completion of ST3 your ePortfolio should include certificated evidence of current CPR and AED training, this needs to have been done through a practical workshop or training session, an e-learning module by itself is not sufficient.

A simple way of doing this is to scan, upload and attach a valid certificate of competence in CPR and AED to a learning log entry in the course/certificate category of your ePortfolio. Your educational supervisor can then validate it.

It is your responsibility to maintain your CPR and AED skills by regular attendance at training run by an approved Resuscitation Council trainer/assessor.

Certificate of competence in CPR and AED

The certificate must be issued by a Resuscitation Council (UK) instructor or equivalent, and conform to the Resuscitation Council (UK) guidelines in place at that time.

Most trainees take a basic life support test during the ST3 stage of training, but advanced life support certificates issued during years ST1 and ST2 will also be acceptable. 

CPR and AED training may be either ALS or BLS. It is essential that the certificate is valid at the time of CCT and extends beyond the end date of training.

Trainees with physical disabilities 

If you are unable to undertake CPR as a result of physical disability, you will be able to satisfy the RCGP WPBA requirements if you demonstrate successfully your ability to direct others to undertake CPR, including the use of an Automatic External Defibrillator.

Child safeguarding

The GP curriculum states that all GPs should be competent in dealing with safeguarding. This includes recognising the clinical features, knowing about local arrangements for child protection, referring effectively and playing a part in assessment and continuing management, including prevention of further abuse. GPStRs need to satisfy the GMC and the public that they have the appropriate knowledge, clinical skills and understanding of child safeguarding to be able to apply these skills should the need arise.

By the completion of ST3, as with CPR and AED training, GPSTRs are required to have demonstrated level 3 competences in safeguarding children within their ePortfolio. This should normally include the relevant Child Safeguarding level 3 certificate, learning log reflections which demonstrate their understanding of child safeguarding throughout their training, and any relevant courses, elearning modules or conferences attended.


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