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.


The IPEM CPD Scheme

All IPEM members and RCT registrants confirm that they are carrying out CPD and maintaining a continuous, up to date and accurate record of their CPD activities by renewing their membership and registration each year.  Members and registrants also have the option of registering for the IPEM CPD Scheme which has been developed in order to contribute to the promotion of undertaking CPD and the recording thereof.  You can find suggestions for the planning and recording of your CPD together with document templates for your use on our Training Resources page.


It is compulsory for IPEM members who are regulated by the HCPC, the Science Council, the Engineering Council and/or the RCT to maintain a record of CPD.  The HCPC audits a sample of CPD records on their register every two years.  The other bodies carry out an annual audit.  The IPEM CPD Scheme has been designed to fulfil the requirements of these regulatory and registration bodies.


Non-members of IPEM may join the IPEM CPD Scheme upon payment of an annual registration fee.


Each December registrants on the IPEM CPD Scheme will be contacted by email with a request to submit an online annual declaration confirming they have undertaken CPD in that year.  All registrants should complete the declaration by 31 January which asks a brief number of questions and allows for registrants to respond accordingly if they have been unable to undertake CPD due to issues such as ill health, parental leave or a career break.  For more information regarding the declaration please visit our Annual Declaration page.


The IPEM CPD Scheme Audit
As part of the IPEM CPD Scheme, IPEM will audit the ‘Summary of CPD Activity’ returns of a percentage of IPEM CPD scheme registrants each year.  This is currently fixed at 5%.  The results regarding submissions and re-submissions for the 2016 CPD audit, covering CPD undertaken in 2015, can be seen in the charts below.  For more information regarding the IPEM CPD Scheme Audit please visit our Audit page.




How to Register on the IPEM CPD Scheme
To register on the IPEM CPD Scheme an applicant should complete, sign and return IPEM’s ‘Application for Registration for the Continuing Professional Development Scheme.

Further Information
Read IPEM's CPD Policy here.
Read IPEM’s CPD article ‘The bane of our lives or a golden opportunity?’ article here.

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