Five Defining Attributes of CPD Engagement

Are you and your team really engaging in CPD? Poster

Continuing Professional Development Engagement - A UK Based Concept Analysis.

Our work on CPD Engagement (Hearle and Lawson 2019) has now been published in the Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions the abstract is available here

CPD is considered to be an essential complex concept which assures high quality practice within health and social care (AHPP, 2003, HCPC, 2017). 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, 2017; RCN, 2016). A concept analysis (Walker and Avant, 2010), undertaken as part of doctoral research produced five defining attributes of CPD engagement, contextual to health and social care. 

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

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

The original overview of our work on CPD Engagement was presented as an award winning poster at the College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference 2016 (Hearle and Lawson 2016). See poster above.

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