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.
Reflective practice is the capacity to reflect on action so as to engage in a process of continuous learning, which, is one of the defining characteristics of professional practice. Reflective practice is an important tool in practice based professional learning settings where individuals learn from their own experience. CPD Now has been designed to enable you to record your CPD activities in a reflective manner and the templates you use to record you CPD guide and prompt you through these processes.
All members have access to CPD Now, an online system enabling you to plan, undertake and record your CPD in accordance with the College's recommendations. CPD Now allows 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, you still have to satisfy the HCPC's CPD standards, but CPD Now contains a pro-forma to enable you to do this easily and effectively. CoR CPD accreditation implies that you have done sufficient relevant CPD to be more than well placed to meet the HCPC requirement.