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What is CPD?

Continuing Professional Development (also known as CPD) is a mandatory requirement for all allied health professional's (AHP's) to remain on the HCPC register to evidence how they meet CPD standards.

HCPC 5 standards

  • 1

    Maintain a continuous, up-to-date and accurate record of their CPD activities

  • 2

    Demonstrate that their CPD activities are a mixture of learning activities relevant to current or future practice

  • 3

    Seek to ensure that their CPD has contributed to the quality of their practice and service delivery

  • 4

    Seek to ensure that their CPD benefits the service user

  • 5

    Upon request, present a written profile (which must be their own work and supported by evidence) explaining how they have met the standards for CPD.

AHP's have to complete range of learning activities and reflect upon to ensure their knowledge and skills remain up-to-date ensuring practice is safe, effective and legal.

CPD includes a variety of learning activities including

  • Work-based activities- experiences within the work place

  • Professional activities- lecturing and teaching others or presenting conferences

  • Formal activities- attending course, further education

  • Self-directed activities- reflecting on journals or articles

  • Other activities- public service or voluntary work

Once a CPD activity is completed, AHP's undertake reflective practice to highlight key learning points from the activity and how this learning benefits the service user and service provider. Future aims are highlighted to ensure continuous development and knowledge is gained.

Importance of CPD


There are many reasons why you, should part take in CPD. Below is a short list of why taking part in CPD is important

  • For professional and personal growth and development

  • Demonstrate responsibility and commitment to meeting the public's needs

  • Ensure as a professional you are capable, safe and up to date with practice

  • Ensures you are remaining an effective and efficient professional

  • For professional and personal growth and development

  • Demonstrate responsibility and commitment to meeting the public's needs

  • Ensure as a professional you are capable, safe and up to date with practice

Why reflect

CPD incorporates reflective practice. It is essential to undertake reflective practice, not only to meet the HCPC requirements but to use every day practice as a learning experience. Reflecting on everyday practice allows you to critically analyse your practice and experiences in order to develop your knowledge and skills in order to benefit future service users, service provider and yourself as a professional.

About HCPC

Who They Are

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) are the regulatory body for the following 16 allied health professionals in the UK:

Arts Therapists, Biomedical Scientists, Chiropodists / Podiatrists, Clinical Scientists, Dietitians, Hearing aid Dispensers, Occupational Therapists, Operating Department Practitioners,Orthoptists, Paramedics, Physiotherapists, Practitioner Psychologists, Prosthetists / Orthotists, Radiographers, Social Workers in England and Speech and Language Therapists.

HCPC were set up to protect the public and have the following aims and visions

  • Maintaining and publishing a public register of properly qualified members of the professions

  • Approving and upholding high standards of education and training and continuing good practice

  • Investigating complaints and taking appropriate action

  • Working in partnership with the public and a range of other groups including professional bodies

  • Promoting awareness and understanding of the aims of the council.

Health and Care Professionals Council. (2012). Aims and Vision. Available: http://www.hcpc-uk.org.uk/aboutus/aimsandvision/. Last accessed 24th July .

In order to protect the public HCPC set standards for their registered allied health professionals. Standards are set on the following areas

  • 1Professional character
  • 2Professionals health
  • 3Standards of proficiency
  • 4Standards of conduct, performance and ethics
  • 5Standards of continuing professional development
  • 6Standards of education and training

In order to ensure registrants are meeting these standards, HCPC conduct Continuing Professional development (CPD) audits with all 16 professions to ensure they remain fit to practice. For more information see "About the HCPC audit", "what is CPD?" And "why CPD is important"

Why register with HCPC

In order to practice as a health professional within the UK, both working in private and public services, it is compulsory to register with HCPC and meet their standards! HCPC supply information and guidance on their standards and how to ensure you meet these. In order to protect the public HCPC aim to work with health professionals to support them through their careers to ensure they provide the best possible practice.


Below are the dates between 2016 and 2015 in which each profession will have random audit selections from HCPC. These dates will be renewed every two years.

  • Profession
    Audit Date
  • Art Therapists
    March 2016
  • Biomedical Scientists
    September 2015
  • Chiropodists
    May 2016
  • Clinical Scientists
    July 2015
  • Dietitians
    April 2016
  • Hearing aid dispensers
    May 2016
  • Occupational Therapists
    August 2015
  • Operating Department Practitioners
    September 2016
  • Orthopists
    June 2015
  • Paramedics
    June 2015
  • Physiotherapists
    February 2016
  • Practitioner psychologists
    March 2015
  • Prothetists/Orthotists
    July 2015
  • Radiographers
    December 2015
  • Social workers in England
    September 2016
  • Speech and Language Therapists
    July 2015

CPD Audit Checklist

Please find below the audit checklist to ensure you have all mandatory documents to meet the audit requirements.

  • Summary of previous experience (max 500 words)- describing your role and type of work you do - may be useful to relate to your job description to hand, to describe your main responsibilities.
  • Personal statement (max 1500 words)- how you have met the Health and Care Professions Council five standards. Refer to your 6-8 reflections evidenced in your profile, highlighting the range of activities completed relevant to your role and workplace.
  • CPD activities completed over the past two years- useful to display this information in a table format, listing all activities completed, which clearly evidences your range of CPD activities.
  • Summary of supporting evidence- useful to display this information in a table format. Aimed to clearly identify what CPD learning activities you will discuss in your reflections.
  • Reflections- complete 6-8 reflections, discussing how these activities benefit the service and the service user. Remember to include a range of learning activities including: professional, formal, work-based, self-directed and other. For further explanation click * link to below part
  • Evidence- used to back up your reflections completed. This may include certificates, professional development plan, research papers, case studies, critical reviews.

If you are using our CPD active software, useful pointers in completing each of these sections are available. CPD active will also format your CPD profile at a click of a button. Click here to join CPD Active

Examples of Learning Activities

  • Professional

    Lecturing or teaching, being a tutor, organising journal clubs, presentations or conferences, supervising research

  • Formal

    Courses, further education, seminars, writing articles, research, distance learning

  • Work-based

    Peer reviews, work experiences, case studies, work shadowing, job rotation, in-service training

  • Self-directed

    Reading journals or articles, book reviews, updating knowledge through internet/ TV

  • Other

    Public service, voluntary work


  • 2.5% of all Allied Health Professionals get randomly called for audit every two years. This audit process requires the professional to submit a CPD profile which indicates how they have met the HCPC standards, along with hard evidence to support this - Please remember you are not required to send your full CPD portfolio.
  • Professionals that get selected for audit are required to state the CPD activities they have carried out within the past 2 years, this will meet HCPC standard 1.
  • Display a table to show a different range of activities that you have carried out including; work based learning, professional activity, formal/educational, self-directed and other. This will meet the first part of standard 2 - showing a mixture of learning experiences.
  • Display a table to show a different range of activities that you have carried out including; work based learning, professional activity, formal/educational, self-directed and other. This will meet the first part of standard 2 - showing a mixture of learning experiences.
  • A 1,500 word personal statement is then required. This will indicate to readers that the CPD activities which you choose to describe will improve service delivery,your quality of practice and will benefit the service users. This will meet standards 3 and 4. - This will be easier to be completed after carrying out reflections on the activities.

To show in detail that your CPD activities will benefit your service and service users, you will be required to choose between 4 and 6 activities and provide supporting evidence and hard evidence

Supporting Evidence

Reflections are a great way to support your statement. Reflecting on the CPD activities will describe the event, explain what you have learnt then, in detail explain the benefit to practice, service delivery and service user - ensuring your meet standards 3 and 4.

Hard Evidence

Professionals are required to provide hard evidence of the activities they have described; for example a certificate from a training day.

Timeframes / Audit timeframe

Only 2.5% of each profession is audited bi-yearly with all registrants who have been registered for 2 or more years. This ensures all registrants have at least two years to complete appropriate CPD activities.

When a registrant is selected for audit, they will be notified by written confirmation, delivered to their residential address. Registrants then have 3 months to compile their CPD profile to evidence how they meet HCPC five standards of CPD. A reminder letter is sent to the registrants of the deadline date in which their CPD profile should be sent.

Send your CPD Profile

  • CPD Audit Registration Department Health and Care Professions Council Park House 184 Kennington Park Road London SE11 4BU

  • For further information please visitwww.hpc-uk.org

If your CPD profile is complete, you will receive an acknowledgement letter, however if it in incomplete you will be requested to provide further information. Once your profile has been assessed, you will be informed if you have met the HCPC standards of CPD. If successful you can renew your registration. If your profile does not meet the CPD standards, you will be given an extra 3 months to meet these standards. If successful you can re-register, if unsuccessful you will be unable to renew your registration therefore will be no longer able to practice as an Allied Health Professional.

The Six simple Steps to Survive cpd Audit

  • 1. get supported

    For advice and guidance contact Practice Educator Facilitator / Lead as soon as the letter hits your door mat, then speak to managet to negotiable time complete CPD Profile.

  • 2. know your role !

    Revisit your job description and focus your reflections on emphasising your role and service development.

  • 3. simple structure !

    Use system with clear headings such as professional activities, self directed learning. Formal study and work based learning to maintain and update your CPD profile.

  • 4. date your dairy !

    Jot your dates of CPD acitivity and learning opportunities down to avoid memory blanks in the heat of the moment.

  • 5. Get to the point !

    Be concise, including relevant information only. remember quality not quantity !

  • 6. learn from others !

    Share experience with colleagues for further guidance and support. View other CPD profiles for direction.

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