Appendix 1 - examples of good practice in CPD submissions
- Printing and sending a list of CPD activities for the whole period of CPD being assessed (ie allowing assessors to clearly see that standard 1 is met).
- Printing and sending examples of different types of CPD activities for the whole period of CPD being assessed (ie allowing assessors to clearly see that standard 2 is met).
- A detailed personal statement that focuses on three to four different CPD activities.
- Personal statement taking a number of personal/professional objectives and demonstrating how these have been met and the benefits to service users.
- Use of one or two A4 pages to write up a record of a CPD activity undertaken (eg what they did, what was learnt, what the benefits were).
- Using a structured format for the personal statement. For example: activity, what I learned, how this learning affected how I work, how my learning has benefited service users/quality of work.
And a list of things NOT to do
- Don't try to describe in detail every activity you have undertaken over the last two years. Instead, select a small number of different activities that you feel benefited you the most and write about each one.
- Don't send us evidence of all your CPD activities – we only need evidence to support the fact that the activities you've written about have taken place.
- Don't include evidence which is confidential or includes confidential information – eg names of patients or clients. Please make sure that any confidential information is anonymised before you send it to us.
Examples of questionable/poor practice in CPD submissions
Last updated: 15 August 2016
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- Sending in pieces of evidence marked “highly confidential” or “confidential”.
- Failing to send in a list of CPD activities over the last two years to demonstrate that standard 1 had been met.
- Submitting copies of patient reports / letters / case notes or patient-identifiable
information as part of CPD evidence.
- Keeping a record of day-to-day work activities (ie confusion between what is CPD and what is actual work).
- Listing activities that form part of a job description as a CPD activity without demonstrating standards 3 and 4 have been met. For example, recruitment activities such as short-listing for a post or interviewing are only CPD activities if the registrant is learning/developing their practice within these activities and can clearly explain and evidence this.
- Sending a sample of a professional body CPD log and suggesting that the assessors could log on and look at the log if further information required.
- Repeated use of “we” in a CPD statement with focus on what the department, service or organisation had achieved rather than what the individual had learned.
- Excessive use of profession-specific abbreviations in the statement.
- Printing and sending professional body CPD in monthly / calendar format or just printing the certificate or hours, as this provides insufficient detail.
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