Why CPD is important & how do we monitor it?

Practitioners registered with RCCP have the potential to cause harm to patients.  To reduce the risk of harm, registrants are required to demonstrate that they are fit to practice, both in terms of their competency and conduct.  RCCP has a responsibility to ensure that registrants maintain fitness to practice and continue to meet its standards.  This is carried out through monitoring the Continuing Professional (CPD) Development activities that registrants undertake and is important in supporting a culture of continuous learning and improvement, as well as ensuring a high level of professionalism of our registrants. 

The RCCP audits CPD records every two years, which is in line with similar audits conducted by other accredited registration bodies and healthcare professional statutory regulators.  We do this by taking a random sample of registrants and ask them to provide us with information about their CPD to demonstrate that they have met our CPD standards over a 2-year period. 

Although there is no direct link to the RCCP fitness to practise process, our CPD standards are about making sure you continue to learn and develop so that you can stay fit to practise and improve your practice for the benefit of your service users. Therefore, failure to comply with RCCP CPD requirements can lead to a registrant's suspension or removal from the Register. 

For more information, please see the RCCP CPD Guidance