All AHPS are required to maintain their own records of CPD. The Working Group have experienced people who can help you through the audit process.
CPD specific-links by profession
Nursing and Midwifery Council – Professional Development
Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists – CPD
Society for Cardiological Science & Technology – CPD
Re-registration for radiographers
In common with many other allied health professions (AHPs), radiographers must be registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC) in order to practise within the UK. Registration lasts for two years and renewal falls on the last day of February. The next such date is therefore 28th February 2014.
For radiographers who work within cardiac catheter labs, re-application is relatively straightforward. There are instructions to follow in the reminder letter. There are two exceptions to this rule.
1. If you have changed address since the previous occasion and have not informed the HPC. This means that a reminder letter may not arrive. Unfortunately I do not intend to cover this event within this article.
2. A proportion of registrants are requested to provide evidence of continuous professional development (CPD) before registration is granted.
By virtue of this piece, I propose to address the sinking feeling that is associated with ‘selection’ for CPD assessment. I write with the retrospective advantage of having been selected myself in 2012.
The first portion of advice is not to panic.
I found it relatively easy (but tedious) to change the job role description to match my own. Fortunately for me, there is a significant element of training and teaching within my normal role. Whether or not this is the case, the gathering and presentation of ‘evidence’ is key to surviving the process. It is a good idea to use the HPC’s form for this
It is made clear throughout the above documents that your name should not appear on the evidence that you produce. Instead, you are directed to use a personal “CPD number”, which is allocated at the time that you are referred for assessment of CPD.
Evidence may be forwarded either as email or overland mail.
I found the option for email to be a Godsend. Many of my CPD documents had been emailed to me and I still keep all such emails in a file called (funnily enough) “CPD”. This meant that I did not have to scan these documents, but merely take them from the emails and attach them to my emailed response.
For all certificates or other physical evidence, you will need to find a scanner. As the maximum size of emailed evidence is 10MB, it is helpful to reduce the resolution of the scanned images to the lowest legible level.
If you prefer to post the data, please remember to keep it concise and not to use plastic wallets or staples. Apparently, these may somehow cause the assessor to spontaneously combust.
I hope that these pointers can help colleagues who need to go through this particular mill. I should be most grateful if anyone who has attempted to follow the above guidelines could let me know how they get on all suggested improvements will be gratefully received.
Clinical Lead Radiographer
Manchester Heart Centre
Manchester Royal Infirmary
British Society of Cardiovascular Imaging – Accreditation
Society and College of Radiographers – CPD