• Continuous Professional Development
• Continuous Education
• Lifelong Learning
• Personal Development Plans
• Learning on the job
• Developmenticus Professionalicus
• Developmente Continuouso
What is CPD?
How do you do CPD?
Why should you engage in CPD?
CPD is ANYTHING that helps you to be a
better pharmacy technician
Participation in continuing professional
development (CPD) is central to working as a
professional. It enables pharmacy technicians
to demonstrate to their employers and to
their customers that they are maintaining and
building on their capabilities
Over to you...
Evaluation Personal Plan
(were the (how to
learning needs address
met?) learning needs)
(telling the (meeting the
story!) learning needs)
• Difference between actual performance and
• Strategies to identify:
– Gap analysis
– Self assessment (diaries, journals)
– Peer review
– Reflection on action
– Reflection on events
– Critical Incident review
– Comparison to standards / competencies
• Recognising existing performance
• Deciding on target performance
– Legal requirements
– Departmental procedures
• Identifying the gap
• The invisible gap!
Self appraisal / Learning Need – would like to
improve ability to sculpt icing into realistic
shapes for wedding cakes
Personal Plan – clay modelling evening course
Documentation – attendance cert
Evaluation – satisfied customers
General areas for learning needs assessment
◦ Evidence based
Personal Plan - PG Dip in Clinical Teaching
“Knowledge of medicine and patients confers
clinical credibility; knowledge of teaching and
learning principles increases teaching credibility”
Action – ongoing
Documentation – ongoing +++!
• Learning – change in Knowledge,
Understanding, Skills, Attitudes or Behaviour
• Cognitive theory – surface vs deep learning,
activating the filing cabinet, elaboration
Reflection in and on action
Confucius ‘That which is not written, did not
How do you do yours?
Critical Incident Analysis
Online resources (e.g. GPhC in the UK)
Was the learning need met, has the gap been
Have outcomes improved because of the
cycle of CPD?
Has a new learning need been identified?
Do you feel personally more competent?
Have you attained/reached a competency
Possible future requirement for registration /
re-registration / validation
Central to being a healthcare professional
Evidence to peers and customers of service
that competencies have been maintained and
Meet departmental objectives / targets
Meet HSE objectives / targets
Standardisation of service provision
Structured argument for course/ conference
PA Consulting review of CPD
Institute of pharmacy
CPD system to allow needs to be identified and met
in formal and informal circumstances.
Recording of CPD
‘Face-to –face’ accreditation / validation in patient
care scenarios, entire register in 5 years
Compulsory, all to be compliant by 2014
RPSGB – GPhC and PLB
Record of CPD either electronically or written
Nine entries per year
Record how CPD has affected quality or
development of practice
Submit CPD record on request (400 every
CPD: Top ten tips –
1 Make a start
2 Write an entry on how to write an entry!
3 Decide how you wish to record your CPD
4 Identify a specific learning/development need
5 Make sure you answer all the questions on the CPD recording
format you have chosen
6 Make use of the resources available to you to help you get started
7 Don’t complete the competence question until you become more
confident with writing your CPD entries
8 Use a notebook to help you remember CPD entries you would like
to write up
9 Remember to include feedback in the evaluation stage of your CPD
10 Review your CPD entries
Not just for Easter
Not just reading articles
Not just an annual outing!
CPD + U = a brighter future for pharmacy!