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Countdown to CPD audits has begun


It is now less than a year until the first CPD audit takes place and 5% of chiropodists and podiatrists will be selected to prove they meet the HPC's standards.

Since July 2006, the HPC has required all health professionals on the Register to undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and to keep a record of their CPD activities.  This is a legal requirement and every time a health professional has renewed their registration since this date, they have been asked to sign and confirm that they have met the standards for CPD. 

From 2008, each time a profession renews its registration, the HPC will ask a random sample of registrants to fill in a CPD profile and return it with evidence of how they have met the standards.  This means the first audits will take place in May 2008 with chiropodists and podiatrists and then operating department practitioners in September 2008.  The other eleven professions currently on the HPC Register will be audited during 2009/2010.  The HPC plan to audit 5% of the first two professions and, if this sample shows registrants are meeting the standards, future samples may be reduced to 2.5% of each profession. 

Richard Houghton, Registrations Manager said…. “We have all the systems in place to begin the audit process and we are doing everything we can to ensure that registrants feel informed about our requirements. All the information registrants need is now available online and we hope they are taking the opportunity to familiarise themselves with our requirements”.

If selected for audit, health professionals will have to provide evidence of CPD relating to their previous two years of practice.  From the portfolio they have been collecting, the HPC will require a profile consisting of a summary of practice for the last two years (maximum 500 words), a statement of how the CPD standards have been met (maximum 1500 words) and evidence to support their statement.  These profiles will then be assessed by fully trained CPD assessors against our CPD standards.

The HPC has published information about the CPD audit process and what is required of registrants in two booklets: a short guide entitled “Your guide to our standards for continuing professional development” which was mailed to all registrants on the Register in summer 2006; and a longer more detailed guide “Continuing professional development and your registration”.  Both booklets are available on the HPC website or on request.  On the HPC website registrants and employers can find detailed information along with examples of profiles for each of the professions, the assessment criteria and the type of evidence the HPC will accept.  You can find this information at

The Health Professions Council is an independent, UK-wide health regulator set up by the Health Professions Order (2001).  The HPC keeps a register for thirteen different health professions and only  registers people who meet the standards it sets for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health. The HPC will take action against people who do not meet these standards or who use a protected title illegally.


Notes to editors:

• For further information about CPD please contact Richard Houghton on 020 7840 9786 or email

• HPC currently regulate the following thirteen professions. Each of these professions has one or more ‘protected titles’. Anyone who uses one of these titles must register with the HPC. To see the full list of protected titles please see:

• Arts therapists
• Biomedical scientists
• Chiropodists and podiatrists
• Clinical scientists
• Dietitians
• Occupational therapists
• Operating department practitioners
• Orthoptists
• Paramedics
• Physiotherapists
• Prosthetists and orthotists
• Radiographers
• Speech and language therapists

victoria smyth
020 7840 9784

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