CPD registrant record review and provider audit guides launched
We have published two new guides relating to our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) scheme - CPD Record Review: A guide for registrants and Guide to audit of providers of CPD. The guides introduce CPD record review and provider audit to fully qualified registrants and CPD providers respectively and help them understand what is involved.
The purpose of CPD record review is to ensure that all fully qualified registrants are undertaking CPD which aligns with their scope of practice and professional development needs, and that they are keeping good-quality records of CPD they complete.
The purpose of CPD provider audit is to make sure the learning providers deliver to registrants is of good quality and meets the Standards for CPD providers, as outlined in annex 2 of our Guidance for providers of CPD.
The guides contain:
- An introduction to the record review / provider audit process, including why and when it takes place and how registrants / providers will know if they’ve been selected; and
- An outline of the process, including what will be looked at, potential outcomes, and next steps following receiving these outcomes.
Why do we need to carry out registrant record review and provider audit?
Registrant record review and provider audit have been introduced to provide a form of quality assurance that was not required under the previous Continuing Education and Training (CET) scheme, which required advance approval of providers' learning events and for providers to allocate points to registrants.
As the CPD scheme is much more flexible – for example, registrants are now required to maintain their own records of CPD completed - registrant record review and provider audit are a proportionate way of quality assuring CPD.
Registrants and providers shouldn’t need to provide anything in advance of record review and provider audit – record review is undertaken by looking at registrant MyCPD records, while provider audit is carried out by looking at records on the CPD Provider account platform.
Guidance on what CPD records registrants need to keep can be found in our Continuing Professional Development (CPD): A guide for registrants document.
Section 3 of the Guidance for providers of CPD document, ‘Developing CPD content,’ sets out the information that providers should retain.
We would encourage all our fully qualified registrants and CPD providers to download and read the respective guide aimed at them:
Fully qualified registrants - download and read CPD record review: a guide for registrants.
CPD providers - download and read Guide to audit of providers of CPD.