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Audit of CPD returns

Each year, members and fellows of FPH are required to submit a satisfactory return to confirm that they have undertaken CPD activities related to their professional competence and PDP during the previous year.

The purpose of the annual audit of CPD returns is to provide quality assurance for the CPD returns. It is a simple system which aims to ensure that the audit is fair, transparent and robust.

Who will be audited?

A sample of 20% is selected from a list of those who are undertaking public health CPD through FPH’s scheme and who have submitted a return when the audit sample is taken. (A 20% sample is in line with the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges’ principles of CPD.)

The sample also contains those whose audit submission was unsatisfactory or who failed to respond to a request for audit material in the previous year, and all those who were exempted from submitting an audit sample in the previous year.

In addition to this, a further 2% of the membership will be randomly selected. Some members will therefore be selected more than once in a five year cycle. 

Anyone who submits a CPD annual return any later than the middle of May (when the audit sample is taken), will also automatically be included in the audit sample the following year.

Important – Change to CPD policy

A new CPD policy was implemented on 1 April 2014 which raises the minimum standards for documentation. Participants selected for audit from 2014-15 onwards will be measured against the new standards. The key changes are:

  • All credits claimed must be supported by a reflective note
  • No more than 5 credits may be claimed in any one reflective note. If you attend a conference lasting more than one day, you should write a separate reflective note for each day. Claims for private reading should be specific to a publication, not a general claim for reading during the year.
  • At least 40 credits must be supported by a reflective note which has been assessed as ‘satisfactory’ to achieve a satisfactory audit outcome. It is important that every element of the reflective note is considered and a pertinent response made for each.

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