As Therapists registered with the Health and Care Professional Council (HPCP) we are required to continually update our skills and knowledge in order to remain professionally competent.
This is what they say about Continued Professional Development (CPD) on the HPCP website
Our standards say that registrants (professionals registered with us) 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.’
This means the following:
- You must keep a record of your CPD, in whatever format is most convenient for you.
- You must make sure your CPD is a mixture of different kinds of activities – not just one kind of learning – and that it’s relevant to your work. It could be relevant to your current role or to a planned future role.
- You should aim for your CPD to improve the quality of your work. It may not actually improve your work, due to factors beyond your control, but when you choose your CPD activities you should intend for them to improve your work.
- You should aim for your CPD to benefit service users. As above, you may not be able to make sure that this happens, but you should have the intention of benefiting service users. Depending on where and how you work, service users might include patients, clients, your team, or students.
- If you are chosen for audit, you need to send us a CPD profile to show how you have met our standards.
The standards also mean the following
- You can make your own decisions about the kinds of CPD activities that are relevant to your role and your work. For example, CPD activities could include going on secondment, in-service training, mentoring, or reading or reviewing journal articles.
- You may decide that you could meet our standards by taking part in a scheme run by your professional body or your employer. You might add to this with other activities, or you could structure your own CPD activities around your personal development plan. Our standards give you the flexibility to plan your own CPD in a way that suits your work, your learning needs, your preferences, and the time and resources available to you.
- Your development is now formally recognised as an important part of being registered. This gives individual health and care professionals or organisations the opportunity to campaign for greater support and recognition of your CPD activities, from your employers and other organisations.
For Parents this is useful to know – if you have heard about an approach or therapy (bobath, electrical stimulation, hydro…) and your are eager to know more about how it may help your child. You could ask your NHS Physio about this and they may then use some of their CPD time to look into this for you and maybe even put in a request – to the powers that be – to go on some training to learn more.
It can sometimes be difficult to bring together, what we want to do, to meet the needs of families with service priorities and capacity (this is true in the NHS but also in Private Practice). However formal recognition that CPD is a part of being registered with the HPCP gives therapists and families opportunities to seek out learning opportunities to update and maintain their knowledge and skills to benefit service users.
We need to know what service users want and need to do this, so families talk to your therapists and therapists talk to your service users.