Council believes that practitioners themselves are best placed to judge what Continuing Professional Development (CPD) they require to maintain and develop their ongoing competence. Practitioners are expected to identify their learning needs and undertake activities that are relevant to their scope/s of practice. Practitioners may find it helpful to produce a learning needs analysis identifying areas of practice that they wish to review and improve. The learning activities should relate to the six domains of the Capabilities for Osteopathic Practice.
This year the CPD year will run form 1st January 2015 to 31st March 2016, thereafter from 1st April to 31st March. This will then coincide with the renewal of annual practising certificates, a process referred to as recertification.
Practitioners will be required to earn at least 25 hours CPD per year and wil need to keep all certificates or other proof of attendance. These need not be sent to Council. At recertification time, practitioners will need to attest that they have undertaken the required hours of CPD. If practitioners are short of CPD hours, they will have to contact Council to explain why they have a shortfall of hours and what their plans are to make up the deficit in the coming year.
Council will undertake random audits of practitioners' CPD.
Competent Authority Pathway Programme (CAPP) preceptees are exempt from having to undertake CPD activities during the year in which they are completing the programme.
Practitioners participating in postgraduate studies may be exempt form undertaking CPD activities if the topic is relevant to the osteopathic scope of practice.
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