HCPC renewals: Getting on top of CPD #physiotalk 7th March 2016

Those of you with long memories may remember that one of the first chats we did back in 2014 was around your CPD and HCPC renewals. Well the time for renewal and audit has come round again and we felt it was well worth revisiting the topic.

So the first question is – was it you! When you saw two envelopes on your mat instead of just one – what were your thoughts? Were you confident in meeting the standards or did the process of writing about your CPD fill you with dread?


The HCPC standards are that 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.

To support registrants the HCPC have a range of material around CPD, renewal and audit  as do the CSP  for members to access – so there is lots out there to help you with CPD, whether chosen for audit or not! Make sure you access it and use the information to plan your CPD wisely.

The questions we asked 2 years ago are still pertinent today, but of course there will now be more of you out there with experience of either having completed an audit or having been chosen. I know of at least 1 physiotherapist who has now been chosen twice in a row (anyone chosen 3 times?) and I am told it doesn’t feel any easier being chosen a second time!

Our 2014 questions were:

  • What CPD activities do you find most useful for your role?
  • How do you document your CPD activities?
  • Have you taken part in an HCPC CPD audit in previous years and how did you find it?
  • How does your workplace support CPD?
  • Resources available to support physiotherapists, physiotherapy associates and physiotherapy students
  • What are the CPD requirements for physiotherapists working in or moving into research / education / management?

However in 2016 we are going to focus a little more on linking our questions to the HCPC standards, so the discussions for 2016 will focus on:

  • Is it you?
  • How do you ensure you keep your CPD ‘continuous’ – how regularly do you add to your CPD?
  • How do you plan your CPD to include a mixture of learning activities
  • Has your CPD changed the way you work?
  • How has your CPD benefited service users – and how did you demonstrate this?
  • Any tips or advice for how to complete your CPD profile if chosen


Series of videos on CPD and registration by the HCPC 


Following on from the theme of the chat – you may wish to use the transcript from the chat to reflect on or evidence your involvement in this CPD activity.

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