CPD Engagement: Five Defining Attributes

Are you and your team really engaging in CPD? Poster

Are you and your team really engaging in Continuing Professional Development?

Our award winning poster presented our research on CPD Engagement. CPD is considered to be an essential complex concept which assures high quality practice within health and social care (AHPP, 2003, HCPC,2012). In order that CPD addresses this core objective, regulatory bodies state that health and social care professionals should be engaged in the CPD process (HCPC, 2012; RCN, 2016). A concept analysis (Walker and Avant, 2010), undertaken as part of a PhD produced five defining attributes of CPD engagement, contextual to health and social care. Our poster presents these defining attributes of CPD Engagement and is free to download along with the additional resources we have written to support you.

The Defining Attributes of CPD Engagement

Defining Attribute One:

CPD is self initiated and undertaken voluntary rather than as a result of mandatory requirement.

Defining Attribute Two:

The individual feels a sense of reward either intrinsically (eg. enjoyment) or extrinsically (eg. promotion) whilst or after undertaking CPD.

Defining Attribute Three:

The knowledge and skills gained via CPD are embraced and applied in practice for the benefit of yourself, your service users, the service and your organisation.

Defining Attribute Four:

CPD learning is recorded, evaluated and shared with others.

Defining Attribute Five:

CPD continues beyond the initial activity


Allied Health Professions Project (AHPP, 2003) Demonstrating competence through CPD. Available online at: http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/+/www.dh.gov.uk/en/Consultations/Closedconsultations/DH_4071458 [accessed 8/5/16] 

Health and Care Professions Council (2012) Continuing Professional Development and Your Registration London: Health and Care Professionals Council

Hearle D, Lawson S & Morris, R (2016) A Strategic Guide to CPD for Health and Social Care Professionals: The TRAMm Model. Keswick : M&K Publishing 

Royal College of Nurses (RCN) (2016) Revalidation. Available online at: https://www.rcn.org.uk/revalidation [accessed 25/5/16]

Walker LO & Avant KC (2010) Strategies for Theory Construction in Nursing, 5th ed. Harlow: Pearson Prentice Hall. 

Free Downloads

A selection of information for you to use and begin to engage in your CPD. You are welcome to use and share  this information but please ensure you adhere to our Creative Commons License

Additional Resource: Are You and Your Team Engaging in CPD? (pdf)


Poster: Are you and your team really engaging in CPD? (pdf)


TRAMm Information Oct 2017 (pdf)


Autofill TRAMM Tracker Blank Oct 2017 (docx)


TRAMm Tracker Oct 2017 97-03 (doc)


TRAMm Trail Oct 2017 (docx)


CPD Engagement: Defining Attribute 1 (pdf)


CPD Engagement: Defining Attribute 2 (pdf)


CPD Engagement: Defining Attribute 3 (pdf)


CPD Engagement: Defining Attribute 4 (pdf)


CPD Engagement: Defining Attribute 5 (pdf)


TRAMmCPD leaflet Jan 18 (pdf)


Continuation Auto Fill TRAMm Tracker (docx)


Continuation TRAMm Tracker (docx)