Continual Professional Development (CPD)

Continual Professional Development (CPD)

CPD is the way health professionals continue to learn and develop throughout their careers so they keep their skills and knowledge up to date and are able to work safely, legally and effectively.

The IoP encourages all members to actively engage in appropriate CPD throughout the year and continually throughout your careers. 

We are therefore delighted to join 20 other organisations from across a range of health and social care sectors and unions to form an interprofessional CPD and Lifelong Learning UK Working Group known as CPD Together. It is our collective aim to promote and encourage CPD so that the benefits will be felt across all healthcare services, improving care and delivery to the general public. In order to do this, 5 key principles have been established.

CPD Together meets on a quarterly basis to discuss CPD, the 5 principles and ideas for future CPD development and delivery. 

Reflective Learning

As well as encouraging all members to actively take part in CPD, we ask that members embrace reflective learning through routinely Planning, Recording and Reflecting upon their own learning experiences to increase wider personal development.

At the end of training courses the IoP promotes all those who have attended the course to reflect upon their day’s learning experience.  This is to heighten personal growth, and to establish clear links between the effort those have put in to the day and the benefits of the course, which can be taken away and implemented effectively.  The outcome of a day of learning is for all those involved to ask the question, what have I learnt today? And, how can this knowledge be used in my professional development, and in my career?  How have I learnt today? And, can I improve the ways in which I learn in the future?

CPD and reflective learning is vitally important it will not only benefit your patients, but also increase the depth of your knowledge and increase skills that can be implemented for HCPC Audits.