Annual CPD audit

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

Particular emphasis is placed in the audit on:

  • The provision of reflective notes to support each activity;
  • The provision of a personal development plan (PDP) so that a link between the relevance of CPD activities to an individual’s job can be audited as well as quantifying the activities themselves through CPD credits
  • The provision of individualised feedback
  • A framework to support those who fail to respond to the audit request or whose audit submission is unsatisfactory.

Who will be audited?

A sample of 10% is randomly 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. In addition 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. Anyone who has not submitted a CPD annual return or application for exemption by the middle of May, when the audit sample is taken, will also automatically be included in the audit sample the following year.

What evidence needs to be submitted?

From 1 April 2016, it is mandatory for all members to enter their CPD activities in the online CPD diary in order to submit their portfolio for audit. 

After logging in, please go to ‘Submit portfolio for audit’ and follow the instructions on screen.

If you have not used the PDP function in the online diary, you will need to send a copy of your PDP separately to

Click here for an 'Example of a satisfactory audit' 

Click here to read the article on CPD audit feedback, which featured in the autumn 2017 issue of Public Health Today. 

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