Education is more important than ever, with a growing emphasis on Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for practitioners working in health and care.
What is CPD?
The FHT defines CPD as a range of activities through which professional therapists maintain and develop their skills to ensure that they retain their capacity to practise safely, effectively and legally, within their scope of practice.
In the simplest terms, CPD is any activity that refreshes or develops your therapy skills and knowledge.
Why is CPD effective?
CPD keeps you in touch with current practice - knowledge grows over time and there may be better ways of doing things since you qualified, or more information about why certain practices are more effective. Your first qualification is only the start of the journey; you will be learning more from each client. CPD can provide a way for you to reflect on that practice in a structured way.
The FHT measures CPD on a points scale – FHT Members and Fellows* are expected to complete a minimum of 10 CPD points per membership year. For example, if a member joined or renewed their FHT membership on 6th March 2014, 10 CPD points will need to have been acquired by 5th March 2015. Please note that points can no longer be carried over from one membership year to the next.
CPD points can be gained from a wide variety of sources, as explained further on our CPD advisory leaflet (link below). CPD is not only earned by attending courses.
Proof of CPD
FHT monitors CPD activity by operating a sampling process. FHT Members and Fellows are selected at random on a monthly basis and are asked to submit evidence of their CPD for the membership year specified in their request letter/email. Please only submit evidence if requested by the FHT.
Please visit the CPD FAQs page for answers to frequently asked questions about the CPD process.
Easy ways to get CPD
CPD isn't always expensive training courses. Sometimes it's free, and right at your fingertips. You can read more about ways to get free, online CPD on our blog: https://blog.fht.org.uk/2014/11/25/free-online-cpd-courses/
Online learning - with modules to study in the comfort of your own home
*FHT Students, Affiliates and Associates are not required to complete CPD.