What is Continuous Professional Development (CPD)?
CPD is the way in which registrants continue to learn and develop throughout their careers so they keep their skills and knowledge up to date and are able to practice safely and effectively. CPD is not just formal courses. A CPD activity is any activity from which you learn and develop.
Importance of Continuing Professional Development for Health Practitioners
World over, Health Practitioners are expected to provide quality healthcare that meets the expectations of clients. In this world of changing needs, the idea of Continuing Professional Development cannot be over emphasised. All Practitioners, as long as they are practicing their profession, are required to be updating their professional knowledge, skills, values and competences in order to enhance their effectiveness in service provision.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) covers all of the activities that Health Practitioners do to update, develop, and enhance their professional skills, knowledge, values and competences. CPD covers in-service training, lifelong learning, teaching and support activities that build on initial education knowledge and skills development to new responsibilities of changing roles, and ultimately increase professional effectiveness.
The Health Professions Council of Zambia believes that systematic planning creation of opportunities to maintain, update, develop, and enhance professional skills, knowledge, and attitudes leads to improved health care delivery. Therefore, CPD programs must be planned, financed, delivered, and evaluated in an effective manner.