Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the planned acquisition of knowledge, experience and skills and the development of personal qualities throughout the working life of an individual.  CPD should be a normal part of every professional’s work in order to maintain competence and keep abreast of new developments.  Ideally, CPD programmes should be promoted and managed on a departmental basis within places of work, perhaps as part of a wider Professional Development Record (PDR) or similar, and should encompass, where appropriate, scientific, technical, clinical, and more general matters.


Carrying out CPD enables you to manage your own development at work.  It helps you to document and review your progress.  One advantage of this is that it can help identify gaps in your knowledge which you can address with further learning and development.  It also means that you can identify and celebrate your achievements.


The most important aspect of CPD is the outcome of the activity for an individual rather than the length of time engaged in it.  Learning outcomes and, where relevant, their application to practice should be recorded for each piece of CPD undertaken.  Individuals should choose CPD activities that contribute to the quality of their practice and service delivery, and benefit the service user, whether patients, colleagues or students.  In addition, CPD activities should cover a mixture of different learning methods.


For more information please read IPEM's CPD Policy here and IPEM’s CPD article ‘The bane of our lives or a golden opportunity?’ here. The article includes lots of detail on the five categories or activity types that are used in many CPD schemes and gives information on the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) standards which IPEM uses when auditing CPD records.

We are delighted to inform members that we have chosen the mycareerpath® online professional development system, designed and managed by the Engineering Council, to plan, evidence and record professional development.  The tool, which is compatible with smart phones, tablets, PCs and Macs, is accessed by logging on to the IPEM website, navigating to MyIPEM and selecting the mycareerpath® tab from the left-hand menu.

mycareerpath® can be used to plan, evidence and record CPD and can also be used to plan, evidence and record progress towards defined competency standards such as the requirements needed to meet the professional registrations of the Engineering Council (EngTech, IEng and CEng) and the Science Council (CSci, RSci and RSciTech).


For more information on mycareerpath® please visit our webpage here.


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