Continuing Professional Development

Continuing Professional Development

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is systematic, on-going, self-directed learning. It is an approach or process which should be a normal part of how you plan and manage your whole working life. An annual CPD plan is a pre-requiste for registration with UKCHIP.

CPD is continuous because learning never ceases, regardless of age or seniority, whilst it is professional because it is focused on personal competence in a professional role. It is concerned with development because its goal is to improve personal performance and enhance career progression.

The key features of CPD are:

The planned and systematic updating of professional knowledge and improvement of personal competence throughout your working life.

The emphasis on learning from an extremely wide range of activities

YOU own YOUR professional development

An emphasis on outcomes – “what did you learn?” and “how do you plan to apply this learning?” – rather than “what learning event did you experience?”

The integration of learning and work – the concept of work as a learning experience



The benefits to be derived from doing CPD include:

Improving your performance in your current job

Enhancing your career prospects

Increasing your learning capacity

Greater personal confidence when facing change

Managerial and organisational benefits

Improvements to Current Job Performance

CPD gives you a system or framework for action which will help you to achieve optimum effectiveness in your current job.  Put simply, CPD helps you to do your job better.

CPD and UKCHIP Registration

CPD planning is a requirement of registration with UKCHIP and the purpose of the CPD process is to help you maintain or develop your competence in Health Informatics.

Your development needs may be:

  • Necessary to maintain competence as the result of your assessment
  • Necessary to meet the needs of a higher level of registration
  • Required by your employer
  • Required to meet a specific career goal, e.g. a job you wish to apply for
  • Aspirational to meet your own personal goals

This short video looks at Continuing Professional Development for health informatics professionals and provides examples of the types of activity that can be included in CPD plans and some of the organisations and tools available to help with planning and carrying out your CPD.

When you apply for registration with UKCHIP, the outcome of the self assessment competence questionnaire suggests the most appropriate level at which you should register with UKCHIP.  It will also produce a report listing the recommended areas for development based on the responses you made.

Your annual CPD Plan should include items for each of the areas you wish to develop and you will be asked to provide details of why you have included the item and the outcome expected from undertaking it.

An online CPD Diary allows you record details of activities you undertake for each CPD Plan item including an activity description, the type of activity, and how much time you spend on each activity.

When you reach the time for renewing your registration, your CPD Plan and CPD Diary for the previous twelve months will be available for review by the UKCHIP assessor who may ask you to provide evidence of any CPD activities undertaken. You will then be asked to submit a new CPD plan for the coming year.


A number of universities offer Continuing Professional Development (CPD) modules, including: