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.

Open the CPD guidance

Additional help and information

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.

Read the reflective narratives