What is the importance of Continued Professional Development to healthcare professionals?

05 Jun 2015 4:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

What is the importance of Continued Professional Development to healthcare professionals?

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) plays a fundamental part to being a successful practising doctor, nurse or allied health professional and its importance should never be underestimated. 

Along with ‘on the job learning’, CPD demonstrates competency over the course of a career. It is widely recognised that regular formal education and training is necessary to supplement and enhance on-the-job training. 

Although this is already in place for doctors, in spring 2016, it will also be mandatory for nurses to be revalidated. With this, healthcare professionals will need to reflect and provide supporting information which includes CPD evidence, clinical audit, complaints, feedback from colleagues and patients and outcome data.

Through collaborative working with a number of prestigious and established medical education focused organisations, ID Medical School strives to enrich the careers of health professionals, presenting various educational strands to its registered doctors, nurses and allied health professionals. ID Medical School continues to add to its offering which now includes CPDme, an online website and mobile app that allows healthcare professionals to build, record and maintain an accurate record of their continuing professional development.

So why is this important? Documented reflection is regarded as one of the key inputs into appraisal by the NHS Revalidation Support Team, as detailed in their ‘Medical Appraisal Guide’.  It is seen to lead to the identification of areas for improvement and professional development which will directly benefit patients. [Source: NHS RST, London 2012]

If you are a doctor, nurse or allied health professional, CPD helps you evolve with change and update or refresh existing skills and knowledge. There is always a need to learn and develop – age, seniority, expertise and unemployment are not barriers to undertaking CPD. Using the CPDme’s structured online cloud portfolio builder is a simple, manageable way of maintaining an accurate record of your professional development.

Caryn Cooper, head of ID Medical School discusses the new collaboration and importance of maintaining CPD records, “When ID Medical School was founded in 2014, it was established with three key pledges. One of these is focussed on helping to alleviate increasing staffing pressures in the NHS by equipping healthcare professionals with relevant and up to date medical training with CPD credits for Continued Professional Development portfolio and required Revalidation. The other two are based on access to the NHS supporting International professionals, and attracting medical students to the healthy option of locum or agency working.

“Our recent collaboration with CPDme has demonstrated how ID Medical School provides healthcare professionals with training which enhances their portfolio, but also how we assist them by offering additional resources to reduce the stress of associated with creating a comprehensive portfolio and maintaining it to a high standard.

With their first-hand experience, a team of Health and Social Care professionals set up CPDme  as they identified the need for a centralised platform for busy healthcare professionals to use between shifts.”

Andrew Ormerod, founder of CPDme commented, “It’s great to exclusively collaborate with ID Medical. The principle of understanding the importance of maintaining a record of your Continuing Professional Development is at the heart of everything we do as health and social care professionals.

Using CPDme will make documenting and keeping a record of your professional development simple and easy to manage. No longer will you need to worry about demonstrating your professional practice or carry out extensive searches for that evidence from your last course. CPDme will keep it safe, secure and accessible whenever you need it.”

The affiliation with CPDme allows ID Medical to provide added benefits such as discounted memberships, step by step user videos, searchable CPD blogs and more to all healthcare professionals. All of which are extremely helpful in preparing for required Revalidation and keeping track of achievements to date.

For more information on CPDme and to sign up for the exclusive discount, click here.   

About ID Medical

Award-winning, multi-discipline healthcare recruiter ID Medical was formed in 2002 and is a superior quality supplier of locum doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and clerical staff to over 90% of NHS hospitals and private medical sector organisations.

From its headquarters in Milton Keynes as well as its Central London office, ID Medical provides practical, cost-effective and innovative workforce solutions, supplying over 3 million hours to the NHS per annum. Crown Commercial Service (CCS), HealthTrust Europe (HTE) and London Procurement Partnership (LPP) framework approved, ID Medical receives over 38,000 available shifts per month in hospitals nationwide.

Since its foundation, the company has earned itself industry-wide accreditation and success with an amounting collection of accolades. These include the Recruiter FAST 50, Real Business Hot 100, Recruitment International Top 250 and The Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100. Most notably, through an abiding focus on employee satisfaction, ID Medical was crowned Recruitment International’s ‘Best Recruitment Company to Work for 2013’ and made its debut in The Sunday Times Best Companies to Work for 2014 at list position 33.

For more information please visit our website at http://goo.gl/cfWsLg, view our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @IDMedical. You can also contact ID Medical’s head of marketing Caryn Cooper direct on:

Caryn Cooper

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