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HPC CPD standards - physio audit

20 February 2008 - 11:30am

The May 2008 - April 2010 re-registration cycle for physiotherapists is coming up and with it the continuing process of complying with the HPC CPD standards. More importantly the forthcoming cycle is the one in which the HPC will select a random sample of physiotherapists from the HPC register and ask them to produce a profile showing how they have been meeting the CPD standards during the cycle. This News item reminds people of the HPC CPD standards and how they can help themselves to meet these requirements.

The HPC CPD standards are already in effect, but from May 2008 - April 2010, physiotherapists need to pay attention to how they are fulfilling those standards, in case the HPC selects them for audit against the standards at the end of the two year cycle.
The HPC CPD standards expect you to:

1. maintain a continuous, up-to-date and accurate record of your CPD activities;

2. demonstrate that your CPD activities are a mixture of learning activities relevant to current or future practice;

3. seek to ensure that your CPD has contributed to the quality of your practice and service delivery;

4. seek to ensure that your CPD benefits the service user; and

5. present a written profile containing evidence of your CPD upon request e.g. only if you are audited (2.5% of physiotherapists will be selected) 

The CSP has worked with members to produce a number of resources, in addition to the HPC guidance documents, to support individuals in this process.

- An online portfolio has recently been developed that allows members to keep an accurate, ongoing, up to date record of their CPD activities.  This same eportfolio contains a number of examples of completed CPD records alongside example HPC CPD profiles that individuals can use to help them understand what is required. Members can use this freely available eportfolio either as part of a pilot from March or nationally from July. Information on this system is available from Additional resources to support recording of CPD for those who don't want to use an online system include the CSP's Developing a Portfolio (CD rom or paper), currently on sale at a reduced price to members.

- Free guidance papers are available on CPD and portfolio-keeping, including example HPC CPD profiles, that highlight that members are already doing CPD as part of their daily lives and that this just needs to be documented to help show how their learning from CPD activities is supporting their own development, their practice and their patients/students/staff.  There is no expectation that people need to pay for expensive courses to comply with HPC CPD standards, or do a set number of hours of CPD.

- The CSP website has a section dedicated to CPD with additional information and FAQs that will answer many questions on CPD. All the information, including guidance papers, is available from the CPD section on the CSP website at or from the CSP on request.

- The CPD Network on Interactivecsp also contains wider sources of information to support CPD, along with some fantastic suggestions from members about how they've got started with portfolios, or dealt with CPD queries, so take a look through the CPD Network and the Discussions for extra support, as well as obviously using any support networks you have in your own workplace.

- The CSP has a CPD Adviser available Mon-Fri to answer members' CPD-related queries, if our general enquiries team cannot answer your question. Please contact the Enquiries team on tel 020 7306 6666 or email them on in the first instance.

Making use of the CSP resources, whether paper, electronic or by discussing things with CSP staff should ensure that you are reassured about the HPC CPD process and able to get started with meeting the Standards.


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