A requirement of the CPD scheme includes maintaining a record of your CPD activities across the three-year cycle. Your records must show that you have completed CPD across all elements of the scheme, done a minimum of 90 hours CPD plus a minimum of 45 hours ‘learning with others.’
As part of the annual renewal of registration process you declare your CPD activities for that particular year, so you need to have suitable documented evidence of your CPD in case you are asked to verify it by the GOsC, this will also help you carry out a Peer Discussion Review with a colleague by the end of the three-year CPD cycle.
You can choose how you keep a record – every osteopath can access a personal online CPD Diary on the o zone but you may choose another method for recording, for example your own electronic records, an eportfolio platform or paper records, how you do this is up to you. The important thing is that your record provides sufficient information to summarise effectively what CPD you’ve undertaken, how you have met the key elements of the scheme and how this has enhanced your work as an osteopath. There is more information on the different options in the Keeping CPD Records Workbook (see page 11).
Your CPD records should include a brief summary of the key points of each activity, the impact they have had on your practice and any further learning or actions you have identified to help you show that you have engaged with the scheme. You may find this blog useful when considering your CPD records, ‘What counts as evidence of your CPD activities?’
With every CPD activity you do, remember to take the opportunity to think about which themes of the Osteopathic Practice Standards (OPS) you have covered. Many CPD activities will cover more than one theme of the OPS. You don’t need to cover all the standards in any particular theme.
The CPD scheme places an emphasis on reflection. Remember to keep a record of your reflections on your CPD activities as well as recording what you did and when, and this should form part of the evidence you need to keep.
The GOsC may ask to see some of your CPD records if you are randomly chosen as part of the Verification and Assurance process. If you are chosen, you will be asked to provide one piece of evidence of your CPD activities. Find out more about this process.
You’ll find lots of practical information about what you need to record, ideas for how to record your CPD activities as well as an example of a completed template in the Keeping CPD Records Workbook.