Evaluating the impact of your CPD

42. Often it won’t be possible to measure directly the effect of a particular CPD activity on patient outcomes. But this should not diminish the value of the activity. However, you must try to identify ways in which your CPD activities could help to improve the quality of care provided for your patients and the public.

43. You should use evidence from your practice, including research, audit, patient and colleague feedback, and other quality improvement information, to reflect accurately on your performance and that of your team. You should then commit to making any necessary improvements to your own and your team’s work as part of your professional development. In due course, you should reflect on whether your CPD activities have helped you to meet your objectives and, if not, whether you need to do any further learning or other activities. Research suggests that committing to improving performance in this way is more likely to lead to changes in behaviour.*†

 44. When you are thinking about the outcomes of your learning, you may find it helpful to reflect on the questions on the next page.‡


* Barnes BE (2006) PI CME first steps—a provider’s perspective Chicago, IL, American Medical Association.

† White MI, Grzybowski S, Broudo M (2004) Commitment to change instrument enhances program planning, implementation and evaluation J Contin Educ Health Prof 24: 153–62.

‡ Horsley T, Grimshaw J, Campbell C (2010) How to create conditions for adapting physicians’ skills to new needs and lifelong learning Copenhagen, WHO Regional Office for Europe.