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Reflecting on CPD

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PROPOSALS from the RCVS for a change in approach to continuing professional development (CPD) will be of interest to all veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses, as well as to CPD providers who aim to help them meet current requirements. In an online consultation launched on Friday this week, the RCVS seeks views from vets and veterinary nurses on proposals to introduce an ‘outcomes-based’ approach to CPD, in line with other professions.

As things stand, veterinary surgeons are required to undertake 105 hours of CPD, and veterinary nurses 45 hours of CPD, over a rolling three-year period. This requirement would be retained under the new arrangements. However, the RCVS explains that the proposed outcomes-based approach would ‘concentrate less on the number of hours logged, and more on interactive, reflective learning and measuring the impact this has on the individual's practice and patient health outcomes’.

Discussing the rationale for the change, the RCVS says that there is increasing evidence that the long-established and most commonly used CPD activities, …

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