Personal Development Plan (PDP)
The CPD process should start with the creation of a PDP. Ideally this is undertaken with a peer as part of, or linked to, an annual appraisal. Participants who are not required to revalidate and may not have access to professional appraisal should reflect on their development needs at the beginning of each year and produce their own PDP. The PDP should set out the participant’s development needs; it should not be a list of organisational objectives or tasks. A new PDP should be developed each year, even if the development needs are the same as previous years.
It is recommended that participants use the online CPD diary to enter each of their development needs and link them to their CPD activities. Alternatively, participants can use the CPD Portfolio Section 2.
CPD activities are to be recorded in a log. It is recommended that participants use the online CPD diary to record their CPD activities. Alternatively, participants can use the CPD Portfolio Section 3. It is suggested to record CPD activities as they are completed rather than at the end of the CPD year.
The CPD year runs from 1 April to 31 March.
Reflective notes, written by the public health professional about the learning gained from each activity, are the most discriminating form of evidence of effective CPD. This is confirmed by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges.
It is important to take time systematically to reflect on learning, as this is more likely to embed the learning within subsequent practice. It is recommended that participants use the online CPD diary to record their reflective notes. Alternatively, participants can use the CPD Portfolio Section 5.
In light of revalidation, a new CPD policy was implemented on April 2014 which raises the minimum standards for documentation. The key changes are:
- All credits claimed must be supported by a reflective note
- There should be no more than 5 credits claimed per reflective note
- A minimum of 40 credits must be supported by a reflective note that has been assessed as ‘satisfactory’ to achieve a satisfactory audit outcome