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posted on 14.09.2021, 11:49 authored by Joanne Dowds, Helen FrenchHelen French

Continuous professional development (CPD) is a mandatory requirement for all ISCP registered physiotherapists and an increasing part of physiotherapy practice. The aim of this article is to highlight the many forms of CPD that can be used within the ISCP framework, to aid practitioners in attaining a balance of formal and informal CPD in the work setting. The ISCP framework for CPD allows for formal and informal (planned and unplanned) learning. These umbrella terms encompass many activities that physiotherapists perform routinely without realising or documenting as CPD. These activities such as in-service training, clinical supervision and performance appraisal, to name a few, can be utilised in the workplace to enhance the informal CPD opportunities. Reflection can be incorporated into these activities, and formal CPD such as attendance at courses and conferences enrich the learning experience and ensure that learning acquired is incorporated into clinical practice. Support for the implementation of CPD activities can be enhanced through the formation of CPD co-ordinators or mentors in the workplace. There are many different types of CPD allowed within the ISCP framework. All can be documented; however the key to improving patient care is the integration of learning through reflective practice into the everyday working life of the physiotherapist. As CPD is likely to become increasingly important within the profession due to introduction of statutory registration and development of the physiotherapy role, therapists should maximise opportunities to integrate CPD into everyday physiotherapy practice.


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Dowds J, French H. Undertaking CPD in the workplace in physiotherapy. Physiotherapy Ireland. 2008;29:11-19.

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  • School of Physiotherapy

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