Principles for CPD

Professional Bodies and Unions launch a set of CPD and lifelong learning principles for health and social care.

A working group comprising organisations from across a range of health and social care sectors has today launched a set of principles for continuing professional development (CPD) and lifelong learning.

The principles are designed to guide individuals, employers and wider systems to create a culture of continuous improvement, workforce development and improve outcomes for service users. People working in the health and social care workforce operate in a changing, challenging and complex environment. Practising safely and effectively, now and in the future is essential.

The five principles are that CPD and Lifelong Learning should;

  1. be each person’s responsibility and be made possible and supported by your employer
  2. benefit the service users
  3. improve the quality of service delivery
  4. be balanced and relevant to each person’s area of practice or employment
  5. be recorded and show the effect on each person’s area of practice
Will Broughton, Director of Professional Standards for the College of Paramedics and Chair of the working group, said:

“We believe that the health and social care workforce should have the opportunity to undertake CPD activity and these five principles clearly illustrate how developing new knowledge, skills and evidence-based working will produce an effective workforce, who are well-equipped and prepared to deliver high quality services.

It is our intention to evaluate the impact of the principles next year ahead of a review in January 2021. We welcome feedback from people working across the health and social care workforce that will contribute to further versions of this document.

Thank you to all members of the working group, the organisations who hosted our meetings and for the behind the scene support that got this to finished project.”