The Academy monitors the CPD activities that registrants undertake for the purposes of patient safety and public confidence, and as a requirement of its accreditation with the Professional Standards Authority.
The Academy currently undertakes a bi-annual CPD audit of its registrants, similar to the Health and Care Professions Council schedule for statutory registers.
3% of all registered individuals are selected at random and asked to submit evidence of the CPD activities they have undertaken over the previous two years; a failure to undertake CPD could result in individual being removed from the Register.
When a registrant is selected for CPD audit, the process is undertaken via their online account which allows for evidence to be uploaded for assessment. Full information and guidance is available once a person logs in and selects the ‘CPD’ option, but if they have any questions they can contact the Registration Administrator for advice.
Selected registrants are asked to provide:
- A Summary of their Recent Work/Practice for the last two years (maximum 500 words)
- A Personal Statement, identifying how they have met the CPD standards (maximum 1500 words)
- A Summary of the Supporting Evidence Submitted, with a brief description of the evidence including number of pages or description of the evidence format.
The CPD Audit is normally undertaken after the annual registration renewal process, during the period between December and January. Registrants receive a reminder in November before the audit is carried out.
Registrants selected for audit will be notified by email, followed by reminders at weekly intervals to those who have not begun to undertake their submission.
The final deadline to provide evidence of CPD is approximately 8 weeks after the initial notification; if a registrant hasn’t responded after seven weeks they will receive daily reminders in the last week.
If a registrant does not respond to the request for CPD evidence by the deadline, there will be an opportunity to consider any extenuating circumstances for non-submission which must be put in writing to the Registrar.
If the registrant still does not provide the required CPD evidence they will be struck off the Register.