Continuing professional development (CPD)

Continuing professional development (CPD) is a process to ensure as far as possible that someone remains up to date with current developments and good practice within their profession and as a result continues to be ‘fit to practise’ within their profession and speciality.

When registrants are placed on the register they accept that they have a responsibility to maintain a continuous, up-to-date and accurate record of their CPD activities.

The CPD activities should:

  • demonstrate a mixture of learning activities relevant to current or future practise;
  • demonstrate that their CPD has contributed to the quality of their practise and service delivery;
  • demonstrate that their CPD benefits the service user.

A random percentage of registrants will be selected each year and will be asked to submit a record of CPD activity in March for the CPD Audit Panel to review.

If selected for a full audit, supporting evidence will be requested and this will include a description of how they have met the standards for CPD.

Please familiarize yourself with the RCT CPD Policy, which has recently been updated.

CPD standards
The CPD standards used are those laid out by HCPC which are:-

  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 practise;
  3. seek to ensure that their CPD has contributed to the quality of their practise 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.

Recording your CPD
These are some suggested ways of planning and recording your CPD.

  1. Plan your activities using RCT CPD Action Plan
  2. Record details of your activities RCT Detailed Record of CPD Activity
  3. Record a summary of all your CPD activities in the last year (1 January-31 December) – RCT Summary of CPD Activity
    (this is the one we will ask for if you are chosen for audit).

Activity types
The most important aspect of CPD is the outcome of CPD activity for the individual rather than the length of time engaged in it. Learning outcomes and, where relevant, their application to practice should be recorded for each piece of CPD undertaken.

Almost all activities may include an element of CPD. It is for individual registrants to recognise and record learning outcomes. It is important that CPD is across a range of activities:

  1. Work-based learning
  2. Professional activities
  3. Formal/educational
  4. Self-directed learning
  5. Other

An extensive but non-exhaustive list of potential CDP activities is provided here: RCT Types of CPD Activity and Examples

Example submissions

  1. Rehabilitation engineer – good reflection on benefits to own practise and service user.
  2. Clinical technologist – very comprehensive record of activities but could add more self-directed learning.  Clear explanation of benefits to service users for most entries.  Concrete examples of benefits to own practise could be included.
  3. RSci nuclear medicine – good range of dates and activity types.  Good reflection on benefits to service user but could be more consistent at recording personal learning outcome rather than description of activity itself.

Annual audits
A percentage of RCT registrants will be chosen for audit by the RCT Audit Panel each year.

If you are randomly selected to send in a CPD summary you can contact the RCT administrator straightaway via enquiries@therct.org.uk and request the contact details of a member of the CPD Audit Panel to advise you on what needs to be included in a CPD summary report for audit.

During the audit, auditors will focus particularly on providing you with feedback on your submission, to let you know whether the information you have provided meets the audit standards and, if not, how you can change the information provided in order to meet the standards.

Audit 2017 (1 January 2016 to 31 December 2016)

In 2017 a total of 51 RCT registrants were randomly selected for audit. In addition three registrants were pre-selected following the outcome of the previous audit and three self-selected. The full report on the audit can be read here.

Audit 2016 (1 January 2015 to 31 December 2015)

In 2016 we audited a number of registrants following the timetable at the bottom of this page. This timetable will be used in subsequent years.

Audit 2015 (1 January 2014 to 31 December 2014)

In 2015 we audited a number of CPD submissions for the period of 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2014.  This was the first formal audit and it was agreed that no formal results of ‘passed’ or ‘failed’ would be used.  Any concerns identified during the process were fed back to registrants.

RCT CPD Audit Timetable

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