The importance of continuing professional development
We are often asked to describe the importance of continuing professional development. Why is CPD so important and why does it matter?
- You’ve finished your degree.
- You’ve completed your internship so that you can graduate.
- Your new job is all lined up and ready to go.
It’s fair to say the first part of your mission is well and truly accomplished. Sit back and give yourself a pat on the back. But don’t take too long about it or you’ll be lagging behind in no time. The same is true for professionals with many years experience in the workplace.
The ultimate outcome of well planned continuing professional development is that it safeguards yourself, your team, your career, the patient, and your profession.
Helping you keep pace with your peers and remain relevant and focused. CPD opens you up to new possibilities, new knowledge and new skills
Making a meaningful contribution to your team through sharing knowledge and experience ensures you become a more valuable team member
CPD offers demonstrable evidence of a commitment to your profession and personal development, enhancing your CV and improved employability.
Experienced staff increases public confidence in the profession and reassures the patient.
Carrying out regular CPD activities advances the body of knowledge and technology within the profession ensuring relevance of the profession.