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.

CPD requirements for 2021-2022

Due to the continuing pressures our members have been under as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Faculty suspended formal CPD requirements until 31 March 2022. The Faculty will continue to support you with your CPD, and if you are able to submit your CPD return as normal, please do so by 30 April 2022 at which point the opportunity to make a submission for this year will close. 

The CPD diary system remains open and in use but there is no formal requirement to submit for 2021-22. There will be no audit of CPD submissions for the 2021-22 cycle.

Key Dates: 

CPD requirements suspended due to Covid-19

March 2020 to March 2022

CPD requirements resume with use of new CPD policy

1 April 2022

Deadline for submitting 2021/22 annual return *not mandatory

30 April 2022

Deadline for submitting 2022/23 annual return *mandatory

30 April 2023

Launch of new CPD diary

April 2023

From 1 April 2022 – Important changes

CPD requirements will be reintroduced from 1 April 2022, and there will be some important changes to our CPD policy.

The two key changes in the new CPD policy which will take effect on 1 April 2022 are:

  • There will no longer be a requirement to complete a minimum of 50 CPD credits per year, and no longer a requirement to record the number of ‘hours’ of CPD activity. This is to be replaced by a requirement to complete between 3 and 6 reflective notes linked to your PDP. 
  • The current approach to CPD audit is to be replaced by a supportive feedback exercise focussed on how to improve the quality of your reflection.

During the 2022/23 CPD year FPH members will continue to use the current CPD diary, and we will provide detailed guidance on how to record your CPD in accordance with the new policy.

In the spring of 2023, a new online CPD diary will be launched to match the requirements of the new CPD policy.

Engagement sessions

The Faculty has organised two member engagement sessions to support you with the new CPD policy and requirements. Here is the recording of the second session on 15 March 2022.



The CPD helpdesk remains open and able to support you with CPD queries:



For CPD policy and other relevant documents, see below:

SIG resources




Contact the FPH CPD Team


T: 020 3696 1485/1472


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