CPR, AED and 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 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 and adult safeguarding

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

Safeguarding training is an integral and ongoing part of both GP training and professional development as a qualified GP. 

All trainees require a knowledge update, which includes adult and child safeguarding at the start or early part of each training year, i.e. ST1, ST2 and ST3. This includes key safeguarding information and appropriate action to take if there are any concerns. This evidence must be documented in the trainee’s ePortfolio. In addition all trainees require a minimum of one participatory piece of learning and reflection for both adult and child safeguarding in each training year*.

*It is recognised that if the trainee does not have any posts within a specific training year which include children then although it would be still recommended for these trainees to understand and document their learning about child safeguarding this would not be mandatory.


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