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BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 13 June 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:S3-7147

All consultants should participate in continuing professional development (CPD), and trusts should establish frameworks for this to occur locally says the latest report of SCOPME, the Standing Committee on Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education. Continuing professional development is the buzz term that encapsulates the desire for a shift from the current attendence or points based systems for continuing medical education (for which there is little evidence that patient care is improved) to effective adult educational activities such as audit, mentoring, or paired peer review, which are closely related to practice.

The report also recognises that congruence of personal and professional goals are an important factor in professional performance, that many younger doctors have different expectations of the balance between family and professional life than their seniors.

Trusts should consider appointing a director of medical education to oversee the new programmes of work, the Royal Colleges should increase the breadth and flexibility of their CME programmes, and consultants should have the opportunity to acquire higher qualifications in education, research, management, ethics and informatics.

Continuing professional development for doctors and dentists: recommendations for hospital consultant CPD and draft principles for all doctors and dentists. London: SCOPME, 1998.

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