We try to do a continuing professional development (CPD) physiotalk tweetchat every year, so we thought we’d start early this time and support some of your New Year resolutions around organising your CPD and portfolios in 2017.
On Monday 6th February at 8pm UK time we’ll be building on a twitter poll and conversation from the Physio Matters Podcast team to discuss whether we are doing enough CPD, how to judge this, what the barriers are, and how to get the most out of freely available CPD opportunities.
In the UK the Health and Care Professions Council standards are that registrants must:
- maintain a continuous, up-to-date and accurate record of their CPD activities
- demonstrate that their CPD activities are a mixture of learning activities relevant to current or future practice
- seek to ensure that their CPD has contributed to the quality of their practice and service delivery
- seek to ensure that their CPD benefits the service user; and
- 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.
But how much is enough, and are you and your colleagues doing enough CPD to keep your services safe, modern, effective and efficient?
Questions to think about:
- What CPD activities do you find most useful for your role?
- How much CPD is enough? How can we, and who should, judge this?
- How helpful is arbitrary guidance of ‘x days per month’?
- Who defines the minimal amount? And should it be more about output (impact on work/practice/service) rather than input (time spent)?
- What are the barriers to doing enough CPD?
- Are we doing enough as individuals, teams, services and professional networks to support high quality CPD?
- In cash-strapped times how can we access, support and promote more free, but effective, CPD opportunities?