Accreditation

Introduction

Ensuring the independence and quality of medical reports in personal injury claims for whiplash is a key part of MedCo's role. That includes maintaining the ongoing quality and value of medical experts’ training through the medical experts’ accreditation process.

Medical experts must be MedCo accredited before they can be selected to provide medical reports through the MedCo system.

 

How to become accredited:

If you want to become a MedCo accredited medical expert, you need to register with MedCo and complete the online accreditation training (approximately 30-40 hours) within nine months of registration.

Once accredited, you will need to complete continuous professional development (CPD) training on an annual basis to maintain your accreditation. This is a new requirement introduced from 1 June 2019 to supplement the existing accreditation training.

All training elements are mandatory for medical experts operating within the MedCo system. Failure to complete the initial accreditation or maintain the required CPD hours will result in suspension.

 

Before you register:

Medical experts must be registered with MedCo before they can start the accreditation process. Before registering with MedCo, you must:

  • Be registered with an appropriate professional body (GMC/HCPC).
  • Hold a valid licence to practice if you are registered with the GMC. (Any expert not holding a valid licence will be required to provide a referee. Please contact enquiries@medco.org.uk for further information).
  • Be registered, in your own right, with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to carry out medico-legal work.

 

Registration:

Click here to register with MedCo. As part of your registration you will need to:

 

MedCo Accreditation Training:

MedCo accreditation training consists of nine modules and is expected to take 30-40 hours in total. The modules cover:

  • Module 1 – Introduction to Whiplash Associated Disorder
  • Module 2 – Occupant Kinematics
  • Module 3 – Assessment and Investigations
  • Module 4 – Symptoms of WAD / Effects on ADL
  • Module 5 – Treatment
  • Module 6 – WAD recovery and prognostic factors
  • Module 7 – Chronic Pain
  • Module 8 – Law and Procedure
  • Module 9 – Good medical practice and Medical Experts.

 

Annual CPD Requirement:

The CPD academic year will run from 1 June to 31 May each year.

If you are a new medical expert the annual CPD requirement starts at the beginning of the first CPD academic year following completion of your accreditation training. (For example, if accreditation training is completed in Nov 2019, the CPD requirement will commence from 1 June 2020).

Failure to complete the required CPD hours in any academic year will result in suspension. Suspension will only be lifted on completion of the CPD shortfall from the previous year. Shortfall CPD hours will not count towards the current year CPD requirement.

Failure to complete a CPD shortfall within 12 months of the end of the academic year of the shortfall will result in withdrawal from the MedCo system.

 

Why is accreditation required?

MedCo’s use is determined by the Pre-Action Protocol for Low Value Personal Injury Claims in Road Traffic Accidents and provides the system through which first fixed costs medical reports are obtained.

The Government’s Civil Procedure Rules require all medical experts completing the first fixed costs medical reports in low value soft tissue injury claims to complete accreditation training.

 

Useful information

For further information on the Civil Procedure Rules on the Pre-Action Protocol for Low Value Personal Injury Claims in Road Traffic Accidents see here.

For more information on ICO registration visit www.ico.org.uk

 

For any questions regarding the accreditation scheme, please email: enquiries@medco.org.uk