The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has today published its continuing professional development (CPD) audit report for the period 2013-2015.
The report shows that in this period 8,164 registrants, across all 16 professions regulated by the HCPC, were randomly selected to submit CPD profiles. Nearly 81% of these met the CPD standards with most accepted after their first assessment.
As with previous audits, the majority of registrants invited to submit a profile engaged with the CPD process. A small minority sought voluntary deregistration (4.8%) or did not renew (3.2%). Some registrants deferred their audit (10.7%) with the most common reasons being on maternity leave or health issues.
A small number of those selected for audit were removed from the Register (0.3%) because they had failed to submit either a CPD profile or further information in support of their profile, despite several opportunities to do so.
Out of the fifteen professions that have been audited more than once, nine have seen an increase in the number of profiles accepted compared to their previous audits.
The report also supports recent research findings which indicate that 90% of respondents said they understood the standards ‘well’ or ‘completely’ and 69% agreed that the current standards encouraged them to reflect and think critically about their practice.
Natalie Berrie, Registrations Manager at the HCPC, said:
“CPD is an on-going requirement for all registrants to ensure that they continue to meet the CPD standards, keep their knowledge and skills up-to-date, and that they are able to work safely and effectively. It is, therefore, really encouraging to see that in the majority of cases registrants engaged in the process and were able to demonstrate links between ongoing learning and benefits to practice and service users in the profiles they submitted.
We are committed to providing clear and accessible information to help registrants meet our CPD standards. We have undertaken a review of our existing CPD guidance and will be consulting on proposed amendments later in the year.”
There are a range of resources available to registrants, including a video and infographic highlighting key information from the CPD audit report; the ‘How to complete your CPD profile’ booklet; video guidance; and dedicated webpages that include sample profiles visit www.hcpc-uk.org/cpd.