FHT’s Julie McFadden featured in Holistic Therapist magazine

FHT, Register and Compliance Manager and salon owner, Julie McFadden has been featured in issue 21 of Holistic Therapist Magazine, offering her advice on continuing professional development (CPD).

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In the informative article, Julie talks about how CPD not only benefits the therapist’s knowledge and business growth, but it helps their clients too. 

“(CPD) is the hallmark of a true professional and in line with what is expected of statutory regulated health professionals”.

Are you choosing the best course provider?

There are many course providers offering CPD and finding one that suits your needs can be difficult; you have to make sure that the course is relevant to your practice, of a good standard and cost effective.

Julie explains the importance of doing a little research and how being prepared in advance can go a long way. When looking for a training provider, “Look at their website or training brochure and ask yourself whether you feel confident that they are experienced. Are there testimonials from happy therapists and is their course accredited or recognised by a professional organisation?”.

FHT Hosted courses

The FHT provides a range of CPD courses around the UK and online.

To view our courses, click here

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