10th June 2016

Continuing Professional Development

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) refers to the process of tracking and documenting the knowledge, skills and experience that you gain beyond any initial training. It includes both formal and informal learning activities, from all areas of your medical practice. It is a combination of ideas, approaches and techniques which support you manage your own learning and growth to keep practicing in the real world.   

The CPD process is an ongoing process which helps you manage your own development. Its purpose is to help you record, review and reflect on what you have learned and to develop and update your professional knowledge and skills.  Generally, CPD is taken as a physical folder or portfolio documentation of your development as a medical professional. At all stages of your medical career, from newly trained, lower grades to those who have reached a senior or consultant level, CPD is vital. 

For professionals in a variety of sectors and field, CPD is important but for those in medical discipline it is crucial. As a medical professional, to keep your knowledge and skills up to date throughout your professional career is very important in order to safeguard patient care. CPD requires professional learning from areas like conferences, seminars, coaching, mentoring, networking etc. and informal learning like reading and keeping up to date.

CPD need to be documented and self-directed i.e.  Prepared by you, not by your employer. It helps in setting your development goals and objectives. In your CPD, you must include all areas of your professional practice such as, regular clinical work, voluntary work, on-call duties and non-clinical work.  

CPD enables a medical professional to:

  • Apprise knowledge and skills in day to day medical practice
  • Keep professional qualification up-to-date
  • Establish commitment to profession
  • Increase skills, knowledge and confidence in professional abilities
  • Employers will be more likely to recognize your talent
  • Increase greater job satisfaction
  • Obtain new and improved skills
  • Earn more by showcasing your achievements.

Revalidation and CPD

CPD is one of the main supporting information required for appraisal and revalidation. GMC requires documented proof of CPD as essential component of the information needed for successful appraisal and revalidation.

Revalidation is the process where all licensed doctor in the UK are required to demonstrate to the GMC that they are up to date and fit for the medical practice and are able to provide a good level of patient care in their chosen field. For the revalidation process, medical practitioner must collect a portfolio of supporting information of CPD for discussion at their appraisal. The appraisal will reveal whether you are meeting the professional value set by GMC’s core guidance i.e. Good Medical Practice or not.


GMC have developed “GMC My CPD “app which helps all the registered doctor to manage their CPD. By using thing app you can easily record your learning on the go. You can find out more information about theGMC My CPD” for Continuing Professional Development here. 

iSpecialist medical recruitment is a medical recruitment agency in the UK. We provide locum, temporary and permanent job for medical professionals in the UK. If you need any help with CPD and medical recruitment, feel free to contact us.  

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