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Continuing professional development (CPD)
The Society and College of Radiographers expects all members to engage in continuing professional development (CPD) and provides a range of resources to support this.
However, CPD is not simply a matter of maintaining registration. Active engagement with CPD can bring a number of professional and personal rewards and the College of Radiographers promotes a benefit, rather than a sanction, model of CPD.
The College of Radiographers' definition of CPD is:
"An ongoing professional activity in which the practitioner identifies, undertakes and evaluates learning appropriate to the maintenance and development of the highest standards of practice within an evolving scope of practice."
Reflective practice is the capacity to reflect on action so as to engage in a process of continuous learning. This is one of the defining characteristics of professional practice. Reflective practice is an important tool in all professional settings where individuals learn from their own experience. CPD Now has been designed to enable you to plan, record and evaluate learning in a reflective manner. The CPD Now activity prompts can be used to guide your reflections, or you can use your own model of reflection if you prefer.
All members have access to CPD Now, which will enable you to plan, record and evaluate your CPD in accordance with the College's recommendations. CPD Now enables you to have your CPD accredited by the College and to demonstrate to your employer and service users that you are undertaking CPD appropriate to your scope and level of practice – whether clinical, educational, managerial or in research.
If you are accredited by the College, and are a radiographer, you still have to satisfy the HCPC's CPD standards, but CPD Now contains a tool to enable you to do this easily and effectively. CoR CPD Now accreditation implies that you have done sufficient relevant CPD to be more than well placed to meet the HCPC requirement.
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