#OTalk Tuesday 16th November 2021 Continuing professional development – challenges and opportunities

This weeks in the lead up to the OT show #OTalk is hosted by Adam Ferry @adamferry3 on behalf of The OT Service.

There are numerous CPD opportunities across the health and social care sector, many of them offered free to delegates, such as events and webinars.   This session looks to consider what CPD really is, what occupational therapists want from their experiences and how it benefits the end user.

HCPC describe CPD as ‘how you learn and develop throughout your career, ensuring your skills and knowledge are up to date so that you can practise safely.’ This session challenges whether this definition is enough and indeed if safety or re-registration is the primary objective. 

With links to HCPC registration requirements, reflection and how CPD not only challenges delegates but the profession to grow, the questions will ask participants to reflect on their own experiences and discuss what CPD needs to offer them in order to maximise their engagement.


  1. What do you consider to be a good CPD opportunity, and do you have pre-requisites about what is considered CPD?
  1. When engaging with CPD what is your goal?  HCPC definition states skill development and safety to support re-registration, is that indeed your focus?
  1. It was put to me this week that CPD at events often does not represent the value of occupational therapy.  What do you consider important within CPD programmes to ensure that the value is represented?
  1. Is there anything you would like to see more represented within CPD offerings, bearing in mind that events often need to try to ‘cater for all’?


Host:  Adam Ferry @adamferry3 on behalf of The OT Service.

Support on OTalk Account: @otrach

Evidence your CPD. If you joined in this chat you can download the below transcript as evidence for your CPD, but remember the HCPC are interested in what you have learnt.  So why not complete one of our reflection logs to evidence your learning?

HCPC Standards for CPD.

  • Maintain a continuous, up-to-date and accurate record of their CPD activities.
  • Demonstrate that their CPD activities are a mixture of learning activities relevant to current or future practice.
  • Seek to ensure that their CPD has contributed to the quality of their practice and service delivery.
  • Seek to ensure that their CPD benefits the service user.
  • Upon request, present a written profile (which must be their own work and supported by evidence) explaining how they have met the Standards for CPD.

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