16 Dec 2021General
CPD, or continuing professional development, is important in any professional career as a way to continue to learn and develop. It helps you, as an Allied Health Professional (AHP), to keep your skills and knowledge up to date, ensure you are practising safely and effectively, and providing the best possible care to your service users.
And, of course, it enables you to meet your registration criteria with HCPC, as CPD is a standard that HCPC registrants must meet in order to continue using your respective AHP title.
But carrying out regular CPD is about more than that.
Did you know that CPD is actually part of the NHS Constitution? One of the seven key principles of the NHS is "The NHS aspires to the highest standards of excellence and professionalism". As part of this, “its commitment to innovation and to the promotion, conduct and use of research to improve the current and future health and care of the population” is included, along with the aim for staff to "take up training and development opportunities provided over and above those legally required of your post" - aka, your CPD activities. CPD isn’t just an added overhead on your time, it’s part of what makes the NHS.
Aside from being an important part of the core registration for your profession and the NHS as a whole, what else does CPD contribute to? Why is CPD important?
Ultimately, although carrying out, recording, reflecting and reporting on your CPD can feel like a bit of a bureaucratic nightmare, the benefits are endless. CPD is important for AHPs as your learning is enabling you to ‘be a better you’ and this impacts what you can provide to your service users. Everything you do to improve yourself through lifelong learning is improving in some way the quality of care your users receive.
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