The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Importance of Lifelong Learning

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Introduction According to the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) continuing professional development is defined as “the way professionals continue to learn and develop throughout their careers so they keep their skills and knowledge up to date and are able to work safely, legally and effectively.” (HCPC, 2012). Continuing professional development (CPD) is an important factor of health care professionals work and practice as it ensures that they are up to date with relevant policies and procedures, that their quality of work is of a high degree and also to benefit the service users. CPD was originally not mandatory though it was recommended by the HCPC and was based on the amount of time that you spent carrying out CPD activities. Since 2006 it has been compulsory and is now focusing on the relevance of CPD and how it impacts upon practice. As Barnett (1994) has always promoted that, professionals must be prepared to look into how society is changing and how relevant steps are taken to shape change, embracing new practices and discarding outdated ones. Under the HCPC legislation, CPD is required and the HCPC have a right to ensure that registrants have undertaken CPD by maintaining a written record as well as any supporting documents of how CPD has been achieved. There is not a set number of hours that has to be completed within CPD, it is dependent upon how learning outcomes have been achieved by undertaking activities that are relevant. CPD is an important part of a health professionals work life, as it has an impact upon the individual themselves, employer and patient. CPD is a key element as the individual themselves has a responsibility to enhancing existing knowledge that they have learnt during medi... ... middle of paper ... ...ssional Development in Health and Social Care: Strategies for Lifelong Learning: Oxford, GBR: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Publication Barnett, M (1993) Key elements of continuing professional development: New Zealand. Wellington: New Zealand Engineering Publisher Barnett, R (1994) The Limits of Competence. Society for Research into Higher Education and Open University Press, Buckingham Cross, V; Moore, A; Morris, J (2006) The practice-based educator: A reflective tool for CPD and accreditation: England: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Publication Morris, C; Michie, V. (2011) Level 3 Health and Social Care Diploma: London, GBR: Hodder Education. Stretch, B; Whitehouse, M. (2010) Btec Level 3 Health & Social Care Book 2: Harlow, Essex, GBR:Pearson Education Ltd. The College of Radiographers. (2003) A Strategy for Continuing Professional Development London SCoR

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