Continuing professional development
Continuing professional development (CPD) helps improve the safety and quality of care provided for patients and the public.
This content has been developed in cooperation with doctors, medical royal colleges, employers, patients and the public. It will help you understand and meet the CPD requirements for revalidation, and provide information on:
- the six principles of CPD
- what CPD is
- planning your CPD
- carrying our your CPD
- evaluating and recording impact
- the role of the GMC and others in your CPD.
It also covers matters such as the importance of taking account of the needs of patients and of the healthcare team when you consider your learning needs, how you should reflect on the domains of Good medical practice when evaluating, and the use of appraisal, job planning and personal development plans in managing CPD.
Additional help and information
Get the app
You can also download our app – My CPD, which gives you access to key information and helps you log your learning on the go.
Examples of reflection
There is growing evidence from research that reflective practice improves the way people perform in their jobs. Together with the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, we're collecting a series of anonymised reflective narratives, examples of how some doctors have reflected on their practice.