Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
Why is CPD necessary?
As we are professionals healthcare workers, we have a duty to our clients and employers to remain up-to-date in our various modalities. Of course you learn on the job as a health professional as you research different pathologies your clients may present with but you still need CPD to ensure you remain competent to practice, to learn new skills and refresh what you already know.
CPD does not just have to be about face to face training and paying for courses, although as a professional you will no doubt enjoy enhancing your skills in this way. You can also evidence ongoing learning through distance learning, reflective practice and reading around the subject. Planning your CPD is the sign of a great practitioner as it shows that you recognise where your shortcomings are and what you need to do to fill the "gaps". Clients will recognise new techniques you use following some additional training and respect the fact that you keep your knowledge current so as to provide the very best care and treatment.
You should keep a log of your CPD annually to prove that you have undertaken the required amount needed for re-registration with Complementary Health Professionals as CPD also refers to the process of tracking and documenting the skills you have attained. As our CPD policy is identical to the CNHC, this also helps to keep CNHC registration nice and simple for you if you choose to register. This is usually required if you apply to work in the NHS. You do not need to send you log in when you renew but you do need to complete and keep a copy of it as we will randomly spot check a number of our members each year for quality assurance purposes.
Remember that Complementary Health Professionals offers a wide range of competitively priced and free CPD opportunities, from exciting and dynamic workshops to distance learning courses and support with reflective practice.