CPD - our guiding principles

CPD at FSRHLifelong learning is key to supporting healthcare professionals to maintain and improve knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours across all areas of their professional practice. 

CPD refers to any formal or informal learning activities outside of undergraduate education or postgraduate training.

Our guiding principles

We believe that:

  • You are responsible for your own learning and for recording CPD that you consider has educational value, including how it impacts on your practice.

  • Your CPD focus should be on outcomes or outputs of your learning, not simply the amount of time spent on an activity

  • CPD should encourage and support specific changes in practice and development and be relevant to your practice.

  • It is your responsibility to undertake and record a range and balance of activities to support the needs of your practice, as well as your own development.

  • CPD should be recognised as a contractual commitment by employers and contractors and should be adequately resourced in terms of time, finance and staff levels.

  • We support evidencing competences and development through the recertification of several of our qualifications to show that you are safe and current in your practice.

What is CPD?

CPD refers to any formal or informal learning activities outside of undergraduate education or postgraduate training.

Any activity which provides educational benefit to you is eligible for CPD. This includes a wide range of activities including gaining qualifications, attending courses, conferences, to reviewing journal articles.

You should be able to demonstrate the value of the learning activities and demonstrate how this has supported your development. Doctors and nurses are required to demonstrate CPD in their appraisals, for recertification of qualifications and revalidation with their regulatory organisations.

Useful links

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) provide useful core principles for your CPD 

Doctors can view further CPD guidance at the GMC website

Nurses can view CPD guidance at the NMC website

CPD credits

As a guide, 1 hour of learning equates to 1 CPD credit.

We recommend that you collect and record evidence to support your record of CPD activities within a structured portfolio such as an online CPD diary (if available) or Excel spreadsheet and folder (see example spreadsheet).

We suggest that you upload and collate your CPD activities and reflections while current.

Useful CPD resources

We offer a range of activities and resources to support your CPD including:

Standards and guidance
BMJ SRH Journal

Reflection It is important to reflect on what you have learnt from your CPD activities and record whether your CPD has had any impact (or is expected to have any impact) on your performance and practice.

View AoMRC guidance on reflective practice

Access useful reflection templates