Continuous Professional Development-Support Scheme (CPD-SS) 

for NCHDs in Non-Training Posts 

Enrolment for the Continuous Professional Development Support Scheme (CPD-SS) for the 2016/17 period is now CLOSED. Please note the CPD-SS has replaced the Professional Development Programme (PDP).

If you were enrolled with the CPD-SS for 2015/16, please be aware that you must re-enrol on this new programme now.

NCHDs working in the public health service who are registered on the General Division or Supervised Division of the Medical Register, and who are NOT actively enrolled and participating in a specialist training programme, are required by law to actively maintain their professional competence in line with the Medical Council's requirements and to formally engage with the relevant postgraduate training body regarding same. 

The Continuous Professional Development Support Scheme (CPD-SS) has been commissioned by the HSE to facilitate non-training NCHDs in maintaining their professional competence with a view to providing a suite of professional educational activities which will assist the NCHD in fulfilling some of their requirements for their Professional Competence Schemes (PCS).

If you answer YES to ALL of the below questions, you are eligible and should enrol in the CPD-SS :

1. Are you enrolled in the College’s Professional Competence Scheme (PCS) for 2015/16?
2. Do you hold the NCHD Contract 2010?
3. Do you work within the public health service?
4. Are you registered on the General Division or Supervised Division of the Register of Medical Practitioners         maintained by the Medical Council?

(If you have answered NO to any of the above questions, you are NOT eligible to register for the Continuous Professional Development Support Scheme).

Failure to enrol by Friday, 16th September 2016 will result in an NCHD not being eligible for the programme. 

(Please note as per the eligibility criteria you must be enrolled on and be up-to-date with payments for a Professional Competence Scheme before enrolling on the CPD-SS)

Please see the HSE CPD-SS Guidance Document for Employers and NCHDs below for FAQ's and further information on the programme.

CPD - SS Guidance Document 2016

CPD - SS Application Form 2016

If you have any queries in relation to the programme please email 


[Updated February 2017]