Essay on Requirements For Continuing Professional Development

1629 Words Dec 13th, 2015 7 Pages
This essay will state the HCPC requirements for continuing professional development (CPD) and seek to explain the benefits of CPD. The benefits for health professionals, patients and the diagnostic radiography profession may not always be aligned.
The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) set the standard for continuing professional development (CPD) in the UK. The HCPC were created safeguard the public by regulating and making health professionals accountable through a register. They monitor standards for initial training and education, skills, behaviour, and health. The HCPC currently regulate 14 Allied health professionals including diagnostic radiographers. To remain a registered and therefore employable, it must be demonstrated that skills, knowledge and understanding have continued being developed. The HCPC have 5 standards for their registrants and they are as follows;
• Maintain a continuous, up-to-date and accurate record of their CPD activities;
• Demonstrate that their CPD activities are a mixture of learning activities relevant to current or future practice;
• Seek to ensure that their CPD has contributed to the quality of their practice and service delivery;
• Seek to ensure that their CPD benefits the service user; and
• Upon request, present a written profile (which must be their own work and supported by evidence) explaining how they have met the standards for CPD.
(HCPC 2015, p.6)
The HCPC define CPD as “a range of learning activities through which…

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