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

You must demonstrate competence in CPR and AED use for all of your placements. This needs to have been done through a practical workshop or training session. An eLearning module by itself is not sufficient. CPR and AED training may be completed through Advance Life Support (ALS) or Basic Life Support workshops (BLS). 

Once complete you must scan, upload and attach a valid certificate of competence into a learning log entry in the ‘supporting documentation’ section of your Portfolio. Your Educational Supervisor can then validate it. This will be checked to ensure it is in date at each ARCP panel.

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 CPR / Basic Life Support certificates have an annual expiry but if you have completed practical courses which have a longer expiry, then this needs to be clearly visible on the certificate.

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 can demonstrate successfully your ability to direct others to undertake CPR. This includes 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.

Page last updated: 5 August 2020


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