The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Importance of Lifelong Learning

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Introduction

According to the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) continuing professional development is defined as “the way professionals continue to learn and develop throughout their careers so they keep their skills and knowledge up to date and are able to work safely, legally and effectively.” (HCPC, 2012). Continuing professional development (CPD) is an important factor of health care professionals work and practice as it ensures that they are up to date with relevant policies and procedures, that their quality of work is of a high degree and also to benefit the service users.

CPD was originally not mandatory though it was recommended by the HCPC and was based on the amount of time that you spent carrying out CPD
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Also there would be an element of building confidence as goals that may have been set out have been achieved. To the employer, having staff that have completed and are up to date on their CPD benefits them by knowing that staff are motivated, they are up to date on the latest documentation and legislations, as well as enhancing patient care. Finally, CPD has an impact on patients, there should be a higher quality of service and care given, staff would want to be there and help support patients which then improves patient satisfaction.

The HCPC have outlined five standards that registrants must undertake to stay registered with the HCPC. They are:-

1. To ensure that there is an up to date and correct record of all CPD activities. Before an individual gets chosen to present their CPD portfolio they would have to have 2 years of experience. In the CPD portfolio the date of the activities, which have been carried out, would have to be presented with a brief description of how it has been met.

2. To show that the CPD activities, which have been undertaken, are a mixture of different learning activities that are relevant to future or current practice. This includes a range of learning activities such as; attending lectures, seminars, visiting different hospitals, peer review, job rotation, and case studies and reading

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