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Linking Continuous Professional Development (CPD) to Re-registration

Comment 21st August 2010

I have been selected this year (in April) to submit my CPD profile (2.5% are being selected) together with my re-registration. I have followed the example of my own professional body which is published on the hpc website. I have followed the written guidelines (and now available on the hpc website as video under continuous professional development), but still keep having it thrown back at me as not meeting their standards, despite having added a further 5 CPD activities. Below I am just quoting the official hpc guidelines and quotes from the letters received by the hpc.

"The registrant has explained how her EXPERIENCE has improved the quality of her work and how this experience has benefited the service user. The standards could be met if the registrant can show links as to how her CPD activities within the registration period have improved her work and benefited the service user." 

In the hpc guidelines they list, amongst many, the following to be CPD activities:

"Learning by Doing." , "Reflective Practice", "Gaining and learning from EXPERIENCE".

Can anyone make sense of the assessors' above comments ?

Next, I am being told that " Standard 1 states that a registrant must PROVIDE a continuous and up-to-date record (in my view up-to-date does not mean dated) of their CPD activities. In this case the assessors are looking for a continuous list covering the registration period May 2008 to April 2010. Please provide a full dated list of your CPD activities for the entire registration period."

I have always followed their printed guidelines and chosen to keep my CPD records in 2 Lever Arch Files. Their guidelines state:….."or you might keep a folder in which you store any documents relating to your CPD. This means that you can keep your personal record in a format that suits you. This also means that you can plan and undertake CPD which is relevant to you and your job and which fits with how you prefer to learn. Standard 1 states that a registrant must MAINTAIN (note not provide) a continuous up-to-date (Note not dated) accurate record of your CPD activities. You might keep a folder in which you store any documents relating to your CPD. This means that you can keep your personal record in a format that suits you. We never ask to see your complete CPD record folders." 

AND to finally add insult to injury I have also been told that "However we do not consider a registrants day to day work activities to be CPD activities."  The official hpc guidelines state:"…you should be able to show that your CPD activities are part of your work , contribute to your work and are not separate from it."

I have consistently been trying to explain to the hpc in lengthy written statements that experience and reflective practice is the main contributor to improve knowledge and skill because one learns from mistakes and experience. I have also submitted one of my more complicated case studies. But now they consider  day to day work activities not to be CPD activity, despite the fact what they state and they also list "Learning by Doing" as a recognised CPD activity.

I would love to hear from anybody  whether they can make sense of this all, continuously being rejected, despite having complied with their CPD requirements and being threatened to be removed from the register if the standards are not being met.. How can one meet the standards if the goal posts are continuously being moved ?

Please also read the 140 contributions below "Abolish the HPC". It gives a clear picture of the frightening powers and behaviour of the hpc.

Why does this matter?

It is important to highlight how the hpc treats health professionals who are trying to meet their CPD requirements, but are not allowed to do so because the assessors do not follow the official guidelines and somebody at a desk who does not know anything about how the professionals work at the front line has the power to prevent a health professional from carrying out their profession just by a stroke of the pen, totally disregarding their official printed guidelines.

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