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How to choose your CPD activities

16 Nov 2022
  • Our standards
  • Developing professionalism

Natalie Berrie

Registration Manager

Continuing professional development (CPD) helps you keep your skills and knowledge up to date so you can practise safely and effectively.

Your CPD activities should enhance the service you provide for service users

To meet our standards of continuing professional development, you need to be able to show that your CPD activities are a mixture of learning activities relevant to your current or future practice.

Standard 2: Demonstrate that their CPD activities are a mixture of learning activities relevant to current or future practice

(Standards of continuing professional development)


What does the standard mean in practice?

This standard has two parts:

  1. Your CPD must include at least two types of learning activity.
  2. Your CPD activities must be relevant to your practice, now and/or in the future.

You would need to prove both of these if you were selected for audit.


Choosing a mixture of activities

In practice, most registrants will carry out many different types of learning while registered with us. Your CPD activities might be work-based, professional, formal or self-directed.

Any activity you learn or develop professionally from can be eligible for CPD, though you should make sure it complements your practice and enhances the service you provide.

There is developing evidence suggesting the most effective learning activities are interactive and encourage self-reflection, and we encourage you to look for opportunities to learn and reflect on your practice with others.

Examples of CPD activities are below:

  • Learning by doing
  • Case studies
  • Reflective practice
  • Audit of service users
  • Coaching from others
  • Discussions with colleagues
  • Peer review
  • Work shadowing
  • Secondments
  • Job rotation
  • Journal club
  • In-service training
  • Supervising staff or students
  • Expanding your role
  • Significant analysis of events
  • Project work
  • Filling in self-assessment questionnaires
  • Gaining and learning from experience
  • Involvement in the wider, profession-related work of your employer (for example, being a representative on a committee)
  • Lecturing or teaching
  • Mentoring
  • Being an examiner
  • Being a tutor
  • Involvement in a professional body, specialist-interest group or other groups
  • Maintaining or developing specialist skills (for example, musical skills)
  • Giving presentations at conferences
  • Organising journal clubs or other specialist groups
  • Organising accredited courses
  • Being an expert witness
  • Supervising research or students
  • Being a national assessor
  • Courses
  • Further education
  • Research
  • Attending conferences
  • Writing articles or papers
  • Going to seminars
  • Distance or online learning
  • Planning or running a course
  • Going on courses accredited by a professional body
  • Reading journals or articles
  • Reviewing books or articles
  • Keeping a file of your progress
  • Updating your knowledge through the internet or TV
  • Relevant public service or voluntary work

CPD is individual to you

You should make your own decisions about the CPD that is most beneficial to you, your practice and your career. For example:

  • Your CPD might help you prepare for a future role, supporting your career development.
  • If you lead a team, some of your CPD might be developing your skills as a manager.
  • If you work in private practice, your CPD might include working on the skills you need to run your practice successfully.
  • If you have an annotation on the HCPC Register – such as in prescribing – we encourage you to consider CPD activities to keep up to date in that area of practice.
Page updated on: 16/11/2022
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