What is CPD?

CPD is a combination of approaches, ideas and techniques that will help you manage your own learning and growth. The focus of CPD is firmly on results – the benefits that professional development can bring you in the real world.   Perhaps the most important message is that one size doesn’t fit all.   Wherever you are in your career now, and whatever you want to achieve, your CPD should be exactly that: yours.

It’s guaranteed that you’re already doing some form of CPD, because we all learn new things on a regular basis – whether it’s talking to colleagues, listening to the radio or reading a relevant publication. CPD embraces all these everyday activities – it’s not just about going on courses and needn’t involve a great expense of time or money.

Anything that helps you to meet your development objectives could count as CPD – as long as you can demonstrate real value in your work.    So, if you do something at the weekend that changes your perspective on teamwork or teaches you something about interpersonal communication, you can use it in your CPD record. Similarly, if there are personal learning experiences you don’t want to share, leave them out.  You decide what goes in and what stays out. 

Activities, which are relevant to your own professional development, may include the following activities. This list is not exhaustive and you should also identify other activities that meet you own specific requirements.

  • Attending IHEEM or other professional body branch meetings
  • IHEEM committee work
  • IHEEM seminars
  • Attendance at the Healthcare Estates annual conference
  • Reading technical articles, Health Estate Journal (Note: you should record what you learnt and how you will use it, related to individual articles)
  • Planned coaching from colleagues or specialists
    • Attending seminars, courses and conferences
    • Mentoring
    • Studying towards further qualifications
    • Special project work or job secondments
    • Discussions or training with colleagues
    • Developing practical skills such as IT or giving presentations
    • Anything else that enhances your knowledge and job performance.

Members are employed in a very varied range of jobs and at all levels of responsibility and it is recognised that this will be reflected in their continuing learning needs which will be equally varied.

Therefore, there are no limitations to the range of subjects that can be included, although it is recommended that, in order to develop your expertise on a broad front, you may also need to undertake CPD in the following areas:

  • Developing your technical knowledge and skills in your current field
  • Broadening your technical knowledge and skills into fields parallel to your own, thus enabling you to move into another job should the  need or opportunity arise
  • Acquisition of non-technical knowledge and skills, e.g. Management  techniques, Communication and Presentational Skills, Law ( Health & Safety, Environmental, Employment), Finance, Languages, thus preparing you to assume wider or greater responsibilities when the opportunities arise.

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