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2. The Professional’s Responsibility to Undertake and Record CPD

2.1 The College of Radiographers expects all members to undertake CPD in accordance with 2.2 below, irrespective of level of professional attainment or practice, or of scope of practice.

2.2 The College of Radiographers defines the professional’s responsibility to undertake and record CPD as:

A requirement to review, on a regular basis, practice and associated learning needs, to make every effort to ensure that learning needs are addressed and to keep a portfolio describing a representative sample of learning activities undertaken. The portfolio should evidence the CPD process and should demonstrate clearly the actual or intended impact on practice.

2.3 It might be helpful to consider some components of this definition in more detail:

2.3.1 ‘…regularly review… ’ Practitioners need to determine their own needs here, but an annual review with a line manager should be undertaken as a minimum (this could be within the context of local learning and development review processes), with some time set aside by the individual for personal reflection on at least a quarterly basis.

2.3.2 ‘…a portfolio…’ This should be organised in a structured way and should evidence compliance with the College’s definition of CPD in 1.1 above. The College’s online portfolio, CPD Now, is available to all members at no extra charge and the College strongly recommends its use.

2.3.3 ‘…a representative sample…’ It is not feasible to record all CPD activities as many arise on a daily basis in the course of clinical or other professional practice. The requirements for CPD accreditation by the College through CPD Now define the minimum representative sample.

2.3.4 ‘…the CPD process…’ See 1.1 and 1.2.1 to 1.2.6 above. A collection of certificates or a list of activities is not sufficient. Evidence of the identification, undertaking and evaluation of learning appropriate to the maintenance and development of practice must be included. CPD Now guides the user through these processes and ensures compliance with these conditions.

2.3.5 ‘…actual or intended impact on practice.’ Most CPD activities will demonstrate a positive impact on practice. However, if an activity has been undertaken and has not met this aim it may still be legitimately included in a CPD portfolio provided that the evaluation of the learning undertaken evidences commitment to meet the improvement to practice in question by other means. This might, for instance, be a different programme of learning or a practical, hands-on approach rather than a formal programme.

2.3.6 ‘Aspirational’ CPD may also be included. This describes activities undertaken which as yet have no clear impact on practice but are undertaken with a view to future development. Practitioners should exercise judgement with regard to the quantity of aspirational CPD included in their portfolio, as the portfolio should contain sufficient evidence of CPD supporting current practice or immediate developments.

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