Continuing professional development (CPD) or continuing professional education (CPE) is the means by which people maintain their knowledge and skills related to their professional lives. CPD obligations are common to most professions.
As we all know or at least should be aware of this is an integral part of our education post qualification, as a member of the HPC 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
- Present a written profile containing evidence of their CPD upon request
The HPC expects registrants to record activities in a portfolio and enacts an audit programme to ensure registrants are doing this to the required standard. All registrants are required to meet the standards, and the onus is on individuals to decide what CPD activities suit them. Assessors look for a range of activities, and examples of how learning outcomes have been used in practice. No one activity carries a greater weighting than another. If chosen for audit, members are asked to submit a CPD profile comprising a summary of practice history for the last two years, a statement of how the CPD standards have been met and evidence to support that statement.
Or we have this information pertaining to Physiotherapists;
- CPD is based on quality, accountability and effective practice.
- Members need to show they are keeping up to date with new knowledge, techniques and evidence.
It is increasingly important that members record their learning and how they apply this in their practice. This is necessary to meet regulatory requirements and improve career opportunities. It also makes the case for members’ contribution to service design, delivery and leadership. Members need to undertake CPD that meets their individual needs and be able to demonstrate the value of their learning activity for doing this, including how they engage in appraisal schemes and business planning. Effective CDP involves: reflecting on and recording what you have learnt from your CPD activities; evaluating what effect that learning has had on your practice, patients, colleagues and service; and reviewing learning needs to plan for further activity.
So we have spent 3 years qualifying then post qualification speciality, add on a Masters and possibly a PhD but there is, and rightly, an onus to ensure we are current with our thinking and clinical skills and knowledge.
Having come from a business background courses etc. were always taken during the working day and working week. In essence the Company recognised that this was an important element and invested accordingly. This seems to change in the world of health care, not always, but is certainly common, at this stage it is pertinent to acknowledge that those who run a private clinic may prefer evening/weekend courses as it does not intrude on the working week, were courses are in the evenings and at weekends. Okay, we take this on board, that is the nature of beast and move on and get booking suitable courses. For those in the public sector it may be different but for private practitioners this is a cost to the profit and loss account, our salary, so when we decide on attending a course we are looking at a cost of £40 to £250. However, if we deem it important for our improvement and progression we go ahead and book, rock up learn and implement. Great.
Now, I recently had contact from an old work colleague, 12 months ago. Hi etc. etc. do you have the notes from X course I could use. Thankfully I was on holiday at the time so had a little time to reflect. My initial thought was why not, he was a good work colleague but then I thought I’ve invested £250 without travel etc. so I changed my opinion slightly but was then left with making no decision either way.
If the individual had been someone I had been learning from or had an ongoing working relationship with my stance would have softened, we all know individuals who we can trust to share information with, i.e. a two way arrangement.
As it happens the individual has not been in contact since my return so I am spared the decision, maybe it was the fact that I advised if I were to do it they would need to come to me to collect them!
So, what would you do in this situation, hand your notes over or keep them to yourself?