Completing your CPD audit for re-registration with HCPC
The Health and Care Professions Council has produced some tips and frequently asked questions from social workers around completing a CPD audit for re-registration.
Published on 17th October 2016
Locum social workers are required to re-register with the Health and Care Professions Council by 30 November 2016.
Here Louise Shewey, Media & PR Officer at the HCPC has put together some of the more commonly asked questions from registrants about continuing professional development (CPD) and the HCPC audit process to some of our CPD Assessors. Here’s what they had to say.
What are your top tips for Registrants who have been selected for audit and who are about to embark on the process of submitting their CPD profile?
Firstly, it’s important not to panic. The process is not designed to catch you out. Before you begin, have a look on the HCPC website as there is a lot of great information to help you including sample profiles and video tutorials. And make sure that you refer to the ‘CPD and your registration’ document.
Have you noted any improvements to the quality of profiles received?
The standard has always been high and we have seen it improve with each two yearly ‘round’ of assessment. A change is that the number of CPD profiles submitted electronically has increased considerably.
What do look for when assessing a CPD profile?
Firstly, that it is a genuine attempt to demonstrate the standards and conduct CPD. I look for a well-structured and easy to read profile. This helps me to pick out the evidence for each of the standards and be assured the registrant has met all the standards. Often ‘less is more’. Good profiles are just a few pages long.
Ultimately we are looking for evidence of your reflections on what you learned, how you feel it has benefitted your practice and ultimately helped your service users.
What common mistakes do you see when assessing CPD profiles?
Not keeping or providing a dated list of all CPD activities undertaken during the registration period as part of the submitted profile. It is obvious to assessors where registrants haven’t maintained their list and are filling it in from memory.
It can be really frustrating if a profile is well presented but without this list. The registrant will then have to be asked for further information by the assessors as we are unable to see evidence that the registrant has participated regularly in CPD and maintained a record of this.
What CPD advice would you give somebody even if they have not been selected for audit?
Make sure you have a system in place for recording a log / list of all the CPD activities you do. For example I have a shortcut on my desktop to a simple table where I can add a brief description of CPD activities as they occur. It’s best to be ready, have a system that works for you in your day to day work. If your professional body has a mechanism for doing this then make use of it.
What would you recommend to a registrant who says they do not have time to complete CPD activities on top of their daily workload?
The bottom line is that registrants must undertake CPD to stay registered with us and there are CPD standards that must be adhered to.
We know that everyone is busy at work these days however there is also the fact we have a duty of care to our patients and service users to ensure that we maintain our professional skills and stay abreast of developments in our areas of work.
What advice would you give someone who says their employer does not give them much time off to complete CPD activities?
It is important that employers are made aware that maintaining CPD is a key aspect of re-registration and should be supported if their employees are to meet the necessary standards. As a Registrant you have the responsibility to ensure that you continue to meet the standards and are entitled to perform your role and enjoy your protected title.
What would you say to a registrant if they asked whether they are expected to attend expensive courses as a part of their CPD activity?
It’s important to remember that assessors are looking for a mixture of learning activities and many of them have no cost at all.
It’s not necessary to attend expensive courses. There are plenty of other ways to meet the CPD standards. Be creative. Think of things like job shadowing, e-learning, case discussions and reading you may have done. The smallest activities often impact on the registrant’s knowledge, ability and service delivery. Reading an article and reflecting on your role, making changes based on evidence to benefit you and the service user is as legitimate an activity as a 5-day conference.
What do you think the benefits of completing CPD are?
Colleagues who have been selected have told me that after the initial ‘why me?!” response, they have actually found that reflecting on their achievements over the previous two year cycle has proved an affirming process.
It can be a great way of maintaining your confidence, motivation and skill as a health care professional. Embrace it and recognise it as part of your daily work and hopefully it won't seem like just another job on the do list! Whatever stage we may be at in our careers it is important that we do not ‘stagnate’ in our practice.
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