What is Continuing Professional Development (CPD)?
We define continuing professional development (CPD) as ‘a range of learning activities through which health and care professionals maintain and develop throughout their career to ensure that they retain their capacity to practice safely and effectively within their evolving scope of practice’.
Put simply, CPD is the way registrants continue to learn and develop throughout their careers in order to keep their knowledge and skills up-to-date and be able to work safely and effectively.CPD support and guidance
Our standards for CPD
Registrants must undertake CPD to stay registered with us. We have set CPD standards which say registrants must:
1. maintain a continuous, up-to-date and accurate record of their CPD activities;
2. demonstrate that their CPD activities are a mixture of learning activities relevant to current or future practice;
3. seek to ensure that their CPD has contributed to the quality of their practice and service delivery;
4. seek to ensure that their CPD benefits the service user; and
5. upon request, present a written profile (which must be their own work and supported by evidence) explaining how they have met the standards for CPD.
What is the CPD audit?
During the registration renewal process, registrants are asked to confirm that they continue to meet our standards of conduct, performance and ethics, the standards of proficiency for their profession and our standards for continuing professional development. We randomly select 2.5 per cent of each profession to check their CPD activities.
Registrants selected for audit must provide a profile of their CPD activities to show that they continue to meet the standards.
We audited 8,164 registrants between 2013 and 2015. 80.8% of profiles were accepted, indicating that most registrants are familiar with our audit process and understand the standards for CPD.
The CPD Audit Report 2013–15 provides insight into statistics and describes the outcomes across our 16 professions.