Continuing professional development is something that everyone should be doing and can take many forms. As well as formal courses and workshops that you might attend, there are many ways in which you can develop your knowledge and skills on a day-to-day basis. These could include IMI Conferences, reflecting on an article in a journal or a book, checking IMI National Guidelines, browsing websites or considering the use of a new technique. All these items can be recorded in your CPD portfolio.
For those of you registered with the AHCS you may also be asked to submit your CPD portfolio for audit. Approximately 3% of those registered will be randomly selected by the AHCS. The IMI CPD team carry out the audit on behalf of the AHCS, so here are a few pointers of what to expect if you are one of the lucky people to be selected!
This should reflect what you have done in your day-to-day practice for the previous two years only.
This part of the CPD profile requires you to write a statement about how your CPD meets the AHCS CPD standards. The following questions are provided to help with this.
To meet standard 1, registrants must maintain a continuous up-to-date and accurate record of their CPD activities in whatever form is best for you.
To meet standard 2, registrants must demonstrate that their CPD activities are a mixture of different kinds of learning activities, not just one kind of learning. It could be relevant to your current role or to a planned future role.
To meet Standard 3, registrants must seek to ensure that their CPD has contributed to the quality of their practice and service delivery. The aim is for your CPD to improve the quality of your work. If this hasn’t been the case due to factors beyond your control, the intention for it to improve your work should be there when choosing your CPD activities.
To meet Standard 4, registrants must seek to ensure that their CPD benefits the service user. You should aim for your activities to improve the quality of your work and to benefit the service. If this hasn’t been the case due to factors beyond your control, the intention for it to benefit service users should be there when choosing your CPD activities. Service users may include patients, clients, your team or students, depending on where and how you work.
This applies only to those registered with the AHCS
To meet standard 5, registrants must present a written profile containing evidence upon request by the AHCS. By filling in your CPD profile (if you are audited) and sending it to AHCS on time, you are showing that you meet this standard.
This should include:
Examples of evidence are: information leaflets, case studies, user/student notes, policies, procedural documents, reports, guidance materials, clinical audit tools, course assignments, action plans, course programme, learning contracts, contributions to work of a professional body or special interest group, business plans, emails, diary entries, protocols, presentations, personal development plans, appraisal, journals, certificates, testimonies, letters.
This isn’t an exhaustive list and can be anything that shows you have carried out an activity.
Any queries about submitting your CPD or the audit results should be sent to the AHCS registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more general CPD advice and support, please contact the CPD team at email@example.com