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CPD 2020 policy changes

The RCVS is introducing changes to the CPD policy for veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses from January 2020.


Annual CPD hourly targets

From January 2020, the way in which the RCVS assesses CPD compliance will change, and so there will be a requirement to move to annual CPD hourly targets of 35 hours a year for veterinary surgeons and 15 hours a year for veterinary nurses.

The change supports the need for every vet and VN to undertake regular and relevant CPD. The number of CPD hours required overall has not increased, but the way in which CPD is managed has changed. The move from a rolling 3-year period to annual hours makes it simpler to understand what is required, ensuring everyone achieves their targets each year. It also takes individual circumstances such as parental leave into account, allowing vets and VNs to apply to pause their CPD requirements for up to 6 months, without the need to make up the hours when they return to work. This reduces the burden on vets and VNs returning to work after a break and makes it clear what the requirements are for each year.

New CPD recording platform

We are introducing a new digital recording platform, 1CPD, for vets and VNs to manage their CPD. This will replace the online Professional Development Record (PDR) from January 2020.

1CPD will make it straightforward for vets and VNs to plan, manage and record their CPD. It will be available as an app for iOS and Android, as well as a web version. It will incorporate new features such as image uploads and voice recording, intuitive features that will support the need to reflect on your CPD and the impact it has had on your patients and/or practice. 1CPD makes it possible for you to record and reflect on the go rather than waiting until you are at your desk. The new platform will be linked to your RCVS ‘My Account’ so you will only need one set of login details to access all your RCVS information.

Outcomes-focused CPD

We will be introducing compulsory outcomes-focused CPD for vets and VNs, including a 'reflect' element into the 'plan, do, record, reflect' cycle. 

The new RCVS CPD model focuses on quality, impact and relevance of CPD. Research across a range of professions has demonstrated that CPD activities that focus on outcomes encourage professionals to reflect on what they have learned, how they will apply their learning and how it will improve their practice. This has a positive impact on professionalism and patient health outcomes. Outcomes-focused CPD becomes mandatory from January 2022 however we are encouraging veterinary professionals to begin reflective practice as soon as possible.

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