The RCVS has updated its 1CPD platform to allow users to track how many hours of continuing professional development (CPD) they have reflected on.

The 1CPD homepage now displays two progress bars: one to track the number of CPD hours currently achieved and recorded, and another to show how many hours have been reflected on.

Once the number of required CPD hours has been recorded and reflected on, a message appears to tell the user that they're CPD compliant.

This change will not affect existing CPD records, and all previously inputted activities and reflections will remain in the system.

Jenny Soreskog-Turp, RCVS Lead for Postgraduate Education, said: “We hope that the changes to the 1CPD platform will allow people to track their CPD more easily.

"A key element in outcomes-focused CPD includes reflecting on what you have learned as this is known to have a positive impact on both personal professionalism and patient-health outcomes.

“It should be noted that any CPD you have already undertaken for this year but have not yet reflected on will still remain in the system.

"However, in order to be compliant for 2023, you must reflect on every CPD activity completed.

"If you have completed your hours but have not reflected, this will show as non-compliant.

"In order to make those hours count, you simply need to go back and add your reflections.

"This doesn’t have to be a long and onerous task – uploading audio notes, adding an attachment, or writing a few notes stating what you learnt and how you will use this newly acquired knowledge moving forward will all suffice.”

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