WHAT DOES CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (CPD) MEAN

CPD is Continuing Professional Development. It is the process through which professional people update and improves their knowledge and skills to assist them in their working lives. CPD applies to all nurses and midwives wherever they work – in hospitals, clinics, health centres, training schools, universities, nursing & midwifery organisations, commercial companies, charities, orphanages, schools, NGOs….everywhere!! CPD is ‘continuing’ because learning never stops! CPD is ‘professional’ because it is about maintaining the specialised knowledge and skills that nurses and midwives need in order to carry out their work. CPD is about ‘development’ because it is about moving towards something better so it will help raise the standards of care and healthcare education across the country.

DEFINITION OF CPD

  1. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) can be defined as a process of tracking and documenting the skills, knowledge and experience that is gained both formally and informally through work, beyond any initial training. It's a record of what you experience, learn and then apply. The term is generally used to mean a physical folder or portfolio documenting your development as a professional.
  2. Melanie AllenContinuing Professional Development is defined as a means by which members of a profession maintain their knowledge and skills and develop qualities in their professional lives.
  3. The conscious updating of professional knowledge and the improvement of professional competence throughout a person's working life.
  4. It is a commitment to being professional, keeping up to date and continuously seeking to improve.
  5. It is key to updating a person's career opportunities.

WHY IS CPD IMPORTANT

CPD is important because it is key to the self development and
Professional competence of an individual. It is also a pathway to updating a person's career opportunities to get the best career prospects and job position.

What will nurses and midwives have to do for CPD?

NMCM CPD programme is based on 3 key aspects - Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes.  However, due to the revision of the CPD process this has now been changed to Knowledge and Skills.  It is essential that every nurse/midwife in the country engages in specific CPD activities for which they will be awarded ‘CPD points’.   The old system required nurse/midwife to acquire a total of 30 points every year in order to become eligible to re-register with the Nurses and Midwives Council and obtain a license to practice.  This has been reviewed, and nurse/midwife now require to obtain only 25 points per year making it easier and user friendly.  The nurse/midwife is no longer required to submit logbook on a yearly bases, two yearly after the nurse/midwife has accumulated 50 points in the second year.  However, licensure renewal is every year. Nurses and midwives will continue to carry out reflective practice tasks and create a self-assessment and learning action plan for themselves to help guide their CPD choices.  All nurses and midwives will be appraised by their line managers and be given feedback on their performance to help encourage and direct them in their professional training and career choices.

click here for more detail on CPD cycle and points system

All the activities that nurses/midwives carry out (and the corresponding number of CPD points) will be recorded in their individual CPD log book which will be signed by their CPD provider to provide evidence of their attendance

Where will CPD activities be carried out?

Most CPD sessions will be arranged by approved CPD providers – hospitals, training institutions and other organisations.  Nurses and midwives will be responsible for organising their attendance at these sessions and keeping their Logbook updated.   Some CPD activities will be part of regular in-service training, some might be external training courses, meetings or conferences.  It is up to each individual nurse/midwife to think about what CPD means for them and choose activities that will help them in their personal learning goals.

click below for some useful presentations on CPD issues

EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION

LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT FOR CPD

NOVICE TO EXPERT PRESENTATION

PROFESSIONAL PERSONAL PORTFOLIO SAMPLE CONTENTS

REFLECTIVE PRACTICE

ROLE OF CPD FACILITATORS

CPDF GETTING STARTED

CPDF REPORTING TEMPLATE

CPD CHECKLIST

NOTIFICATION ABOUT CPDF LEAVING

 

 

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