“Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.”
CPD means “Continuing professional development” and is essential for the future of our profession. The CSP website offers lots of support and advice as well as resources that allow you to store your CPD in the ‘clouds.’
Why is it important?
After graduating from university I spent three months in Africa and witnessed first hand the dangers of isolation and lack of of CPD. Walking in on my first day I was surprised at the quality of equipment available. A large, airy room with parallel bars, several plinths, steps, gym balls and resistance bands, no doubt the remains of donations for others who also thought they could save the world.
With approximately 12 patients in the gym my heart had filled with hope that maybe I to could leave my mark. They appeared to be doing individual exercises and it looked not dissimilar to NHS classes except one MAJOR difference. As I asked the first patient “What are you being treated for?” They smile back at me, a wide toothy grin, a happy sideward glance at a friend who is also keen to be treated by the ‘mozungu.’ “I’ve hurt my shoulder” he informs me as he continue to finish ten squats.
To this day the physio’s I worked with there have failed to provide me with a believable reason at how squat exercises were helping his shoulder. I found this was the general theme set ‘exercise’ to make everyone lose weight which often wasn’t effective in treating the patients original compliant. Want to know about experiences in Africa or choosing volunteer placements abroad? Click here….
Continuing professional development involves reflection, learning and evidence review to ensure that you are giving the best possible treatment.
“True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.”
Ways of recording CPD
- Journal reviews
- Case studies
- Reflective writing
Rules of professional conduct
Rule 1 – Scope of practice – Chartered physiotherapists shall only practice to the extent that they have established, maintained and developed their ability to work safely and competently and shall ensure that they have appropriate professional liability cover for that practice.
Rule 2 – Relationships with patients – Chartered physiotherapists shall respect and uphold the rights,dignity and individual sensibilities of every patient.
Rule 3 – Confidentiality – Chartered physiotherapists shall ensure the confidentiality and security of information acquired in a professional capacity.
Rule 4 – Relationships with professional staff and carers – Chartered physiotherapists shall communicate and cooperate with professional staff and other carers in the interests, and with the consent of their patient; and shall avoid inappropriate criticism of any of them.
Rule 5 – Duty to report– Chartered physiotherapists have a duty to report, to an appropriate authority, circumstances which may put patients or others at risk.
Rule 6 – Advertising -Chartered physiotherapists shall ensure that advertising in respect of their professional activities is accurate and professionally restrained.
Rule 7 – Sales of services and goods – Chartered physiotherapists shall not sell, supply, endorse or promote the sale of services or goods in ways which exploit the professional relationship with their patient.
Rule 8 – Personal and professional standards – Chartered physiotherapists shall adhere at all times to personal and professional standards which reflect credit on the profession; behaviour, approach and dress should not cause offence to the patient and carer.