CPD - when?

The concept of CPD is not new. It is likely to be something you already do informally and spontaneously on a frequent or daily basis. The important issue is how often CPD events and activities are reflected on. Ideally this would be after every learning event or development activity but this is not always possible, particularly for those of us with operational, dynamic or demanding roles. Good practice is to use whatever method you prefer to capture, record or note your CPD activity in a timely fashion as a stimulus for later reflection. Suggestions and templates to help you to do this are part of the CPD how - a toolkit webpage.

If your role requires being part of a professional register, you are seeking promotion or your employer is appraising your performance you may be required to provide evidence of your CPD activities. Regular, consistent reflection and evidence gathering is the best way to establish and maintain an awareness and appreciation of your development and development needs. CPD is also an important part of any PDR, formal or informal appraisals and for anybody in the Assessment & Recognition of Competence (ARC) process.​

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