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?

Please note: this poster was presented before TRAMm Station A was updated to Apply. In earlier versions of TRAMmCPD Station A was Activity. You can find out more about the updates to the TRAMm Model here. Our work on CPD Engagement has been published ahead of print in the Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions the abstract is available here.

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

CPD Engagement Defining Attribute One:

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

CPD Engagement Defining Attribute Two: 

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

CPD Engagement 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.

CPD Engagement Defining Attribute Four:

CPD learning is recorded, evaluated and shared with others.

CPD Engagement 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. 

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