Continuing Professional Development

CPD during the COVID-19 epidemic

As a result of the pressures created by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are aware that increasing numbers of members are unable to undertake and record CPD in the normal way for the year 2019-2020 and beyond. We have therefore implemented a major change to our CPD policy, effective immediately. the key elements of this policy are set out below; we have also provided a page of frequently asked questions to provide additional clarity to members. 

Suspension of FPH CPD requirements for the period April 2019 to March 2021

The FPH Board has agreed to suspend CPD requirements for the two year period April 2019 to March 2021. We will continue to support you with your CPD, and if you are able to submit your CPD return as normal we encourage you to do so. We will be assuming you are doing your own reflective practice. We have set out some frequently asked questions and would encourage members to read these, but the main points are below:

  • Members will continue to have access to the online CPD diary and submissions for the 2019/2020 CPD year can be made beyond the usual deadline of 30 April.
  • Members will be provided with an acknowledgement of their credits recorded for each year.
  • Members are expected to undertake the CPD they need to fulfil their roles within the current pandemic. FPH also recognises that this may not align with your personal development plan; the flexibility the FPH is putting in place is in relation to recording of the CPD.
  • There will be no audit of CPD submissions in either 2020 or 2021.
  • There is no expectation that the limits in relation to particular types of activities qualifying for CPD will be met during this period.

The Faculty will review the situation as it evolves. No action is required by members at this time. The CPD helpdesk remains open and able to support you with CPD queries:

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges has also published a helpful set of FAQs relating to Appraisal and Revalidation during COVID-19. 

Continuing Professional Development 

Continuing professional development (CPD) is the component of learning and development that occurs after the formal completion of postgraduate training.

In public health, the overall aim of continuing professional development is to ensure that those who work in the field develop and maintain the necessary knowledge, skills and attributes to practise effectively and work towards improving the health of the population.

CPD is a professional obligation for all public health professionals and is a valued component of FPH membership.

Online CPD Diary

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If you are already registered to the FPH CPD scheme, you can access your online CPD diary account here  

Contact the FPH CPD Team


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