Guidance on supporting information for revalidation

Continuing professional development (CPD)

The purpose of carrying out and reflecting on CPD

  • To help you maintain competence in all the work you do.
  • To enhance the quality of your professional work across your whole practice, through the development of knowledge, skills and behaviours
  • To keep up to date with guidelines and developments that affect your work6.
  • To encourage and support specific improvements in practice.
  • To help you to anticipate and respond to the needs of your patients and the service, and changes in society’s expectations in the ways doctors, AAs and PAs work.

Our requirements

  1. You must carry out continuing professional development (CPD) activities every year. Activities must be based on your day to day work, and what you think you will need in the future to carry out all the roles and responsibilities that are (or are likely to become) part of your scope of practice
  2. Your CPD activities must cover the whole of your practice, and be tailored to your needs. This means they should be relevant to the current and emerging knowledge and skills needed for your specialty or area of practice, professional responsibilities and areas of development and work.
  3. Your learning needs and plans for your CPD should be included in your personal development plan for the coming year.
  4. You must reflect on what you have learned from CPD activity and how this has helped to maintain or improve the quality of your practice.

Tailoring CPD to your scope of practice and needs

  1. Good medical practice requires you to be competent and keep your knowledge and skills up to date7. It also requires you to take part in activities that maintain, develop and improve your performance and the quality of your work8.
  2. We do not mandate the number of CPD points you should collect for revalidation because your CPD activities need to be tailored to your scope of practice and needs. 
  3. You should think broadly about the types of CPD activities you can do.  Opportunities for learning and refection about your performance will arise naturally from your day-to-day practice9. Your CPD activities should also be influenced by your participation in clinical governance processes, quality improvement activities, workplace-based assessments and any other ways you learn and get feedback about your professional and work practices.
  4. When deciding on which activities to reflect on and discuss at appraisal, focus on those you found most valuable and meaningful.
  5. CPD should also anticipate and respond to the needs of your patients and the service, and changes in society’s expectations in the ways medical practitioners work. You should consider CPD activities which enable you to:
    • keep pace with rapidly changing social, legal and technological developments 
    • have appropriate equality, diversity and inclusion (ED&I) knowledge and skills. As part of this you must have an awareness of the diversity of your patients and service users, and be able to adapt your approach accordingly.
    • consider how your life experience, culture and beliefs influence your interactions with others and may impact on the decisions you make and the care you provide.

Our guidance on CPD

  1. Our CPD: Guidance for all doctors will help you plan and reflect on your learning opportunities and be prepared when you discuss your CPD at your appraisal. It also provides guidance on how to carry out and record CPD activities.

6 Gmp 2024, paragraph 3
7 Gmp 2024, paras 1-4
8 Gmp 2024, paras 2 and 13.
9 Our CPD guidance can help you to further understand, and meet the CPD requirements for revalidation.