n Medical Technology SA - Continuing professional development (CPD) : reflective practice and personal portfolio's. The United Kingdom (U.K.) experience : peer reviewed brief communication

Volume 23, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1011-5528


Continuing professional development (CPD) is a process of lifelong learning, which enables Biomedical Scientists in the United Kingdom (U.K.) to expand and fulfill their personal and professional potential, as well as meeting the present and future needs of patients and deliver health outcomes and priorities. The Health Professions Council (HPC) in U.K has set standards for CPD. They define CPD as 'a range of learning activities through which health professionals maintain and develop throughout their career to ensure they retain their capacity to practice safely, effectively and legally within their evolving scope of practice.' Registrants in the U.K. have a professional responsibility to adhere to these standards, in order to remain on the HPC register and to practice as a Biomedical Scientist. This can be optimized by adopting reflective learning as well as the compilation of a personal portfolio. This brief communication aims to highlight CPD for Biomedical Scientists in the U.K., and the necessity of reflective practice and personal portfolios in order to facilitate their own CPD, as well demonstrate continuing competence to a variety of stakeholders.

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