Taking the fear out of CPD

Here at the FHT we know that CPD can be daunting for our members, there has been confusion over why cpd is important and how can members attain CPD points. Today’s blog is aimed at taking the fear out of CPD.

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What is CPD?

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

The FHT defines CPD as a range of activities through which professional therapists maintain and develop their skills to ensure that they retain their capacity to practice safely, effectively and legally, within their scope of practice.

In the simplest terms, CPD is any activity that refreshes or develops your skills and knowledge in the therapies you currently practice. 

Why is CPD effective?

CPD keeps you in touch with current practice – knowledge grows over time and there may be better ways of doing things since you qualified, or more information about why certain practices are more effective.  Your first qualification is only the start of the journey; you will be learning more from each client. CPD can provide a way for you to reflect on that practice in a structured way.

The FHT measures CPD on a points scale – FHT Members and Fellows* are expected to complete a minimum of 10 CPD points per membership year. For example, if a member joined or renewed their FHT membership on 6th March 2016, 10 CPD points will need to have been acquired by 5th March 2017.

CPD is good professional practice for the FHT, CPD is a mandatory part of good professional practice as well as a fundamental principle of professional ethics.

For the public, service users and employers, CPD provides the reassurance that as individuals, and as a profession, the FHT members are committed to upholding standards.

The FHT places the responsibility on each member to decide what their professional development needs are and how to address them through a variety of CPD activities. Members are asked to focus on the quality and outcome of CPD activities, as opposed to the time spent on these.

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CPD points can be gained from a wide variety of methods:

  • Work-based learning

This may include:

Case studies, reflective practice, in-service training activity and supervising or mentoring (other therapists or being mentored)

  • Professional activity

This may include:

Writing an article for publication, preparing and delivering a lecture, preparing and delivering a full-day seminar,  attending a Local Support Group meeting, organizing a Local Support Group meeting and attending a committee meeting on behalf of FHT or another professional group.

  • Formal/educational

This may include: 

Further training seminar or workshop (day), further training seminar or workshop (half-day), new therapy qualification (under 50 hours study/teaching contact) and New therapy qualification (over 50 hours study/teaching contact)

  • Self-directed activities

This may include:

Reading journal/technical articles and reflecting on these, creating a business plan, developing a marketing plan, International Therapist spiral quiz.

For more information about CPD, please visit www.fht.org.uk/cpd

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