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CPD activity examples

This list should give you an idea of the kinds of activity that might make up your continuing professional development.

Work based learning

  • Learning by doing
  • Case studies
  • Reflective practice
  • Clinical audit
  • Coaching from others
  • Discussions with colleagues
  • Peer review
  • Gaining, and learning from, experience
  • Involvement in wider work of employer (for example, being a representative on a committee)
  • Work shadowing
  • Secondments
  • Job rotation
  • Journal club
  • In-service training
  • Supervising staff or students
  • Visiting other departments and reporting back
  • Expanding your role
  • Analysing significant events
  • Filling in self-assessment questionnaires
  • Project work or project management
  • Evidence of learning activities undertaken as part of your progression on the Knowledge and Skills Framework

Professional activity

  • Involvement in a professional body
  • Membership of a specialist interest group
  • Lecturing or teaching
  • Mentoring
  • Being an examiner
  • Being a tutor
  • Branch meetings
  • Organising journal clubs or other specialist groups
  • Maintaining or developing specialist skills (for example, musical skills)
  • Being an expert witness
  • Membership of other professional bodies or groups
  • Giving presentations at conferences
  • Organising accredited courses
  • Supervising research
  • Being a national assessor
  • Being promoted

Formal / educational

  • Courses
  • Further education
  • Research
  • Attending conferences
  • Writing articles or papers
  • Going to seminars
  • Distance learning
  • Courses accredited by professional body
  • Planning or running a course

Self-directed learning

  • Reading journals / articles
  • Reviewing books or articles
  • Updating knowledge through the internet or TV
  • Keeping a file of your progress


  • Public service
  • Voluntary work
  • Courses

This list is not intended to be exhaustive and the Council's intention is that the registrant will make a professional judgement as to which type and frequency of activity will allow them to meet the standards. Thus, the CPD scheme is based on on-going learning and development and focuses on the individual's learning achievements and how these have been reflected in their clinical practice and service delivery, either directly or indirectly.

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