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Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

The CPD programme of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists started in 1996. It is open to all UK (inc. Eire) Fellows, Affiliates and Members and is designed for all ophthalmologists whether or not they are employed within the NHS. The programme is also open to non-members of the College who will be charged an annual fee.

With clinical governance, annual appraisal and revalidation becoming essential ingredients of clinical practice, participation in CPD is no longer optional. It has been the case for some time that registration for CPD is necessary to hold any College post, including that of examiner. This “sanction” is likely to be extended such that, not only registration but accrual of the stipulated number of points will become a prerequisite to holding College posts. In the fullness of time, responsibility for training junior doctors will also be determined by full participation in CPD.

CPD is a continuing process, outside formal undergraduate and postgraduate training, that enables individual doctors to maintain and improve standards of medical practice through the development of knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviour. CPD should also support specific changes in practice.

An element of ‘value’ has been added to the points system of scoring CPD activity. Participants will be expected to record in more detail what they have learnt. The CPD scheme follows a 5 year cycle of CPD activity in which it will be necessary for 250 credits to be accumulated. Participants are expected to accumulate 50 credits per annum.

CATEGORY A: CLINICAL AND ACADEMIC: INTERNAL (Minimum 10 Points)
CATEGORY B: CLINICAL AND ACADEMIC: EXTERNAL (Minimum 20 Points)
CATEGORY C: CLINICAL AND ACADEMIC: SELF DIRECTED (Minimum 5 Points)
CATEGORY D: PROFESSIONAL & MANAGERIAL (Minimum 5 Points)

Individuals are expected to tailor their CPD activity to meet the objectives of their PDPs.

For further information on the CPD Programme contact cpd@rcophth.ac.uk

Revalidation

The revalidation pages contain information useful to ophthalmologists preparing for appraisal.  It also aims to help appraisers understand the significance of the supporting and in setting or reviewing appropriate objectives for a Professional Development Plan.