General CPD

CPD for Physiotherapists

Dr. Carl Clarkson • September 21, 2021

Physiotherapy CPD is vital for staying on top of your skills, knowledge, and any changes within the industry. In this article we go over what you need to know about CPD for physiotherapists, including why it is important, CPD requirements for physiotherapists, and CPD options for physiotherapists.

Why are physiotherapy CPD courses important?

CPD is important for physiotherapists that have previously completed a programme of study to stay on top of their existing knowledge, skills, and competencies. It also ensures that physiotherapists stay relevant and up to date with the latest news, research and updates within the profession, and provides them with the opportunity to learn new skills that would benefit their practice.

In short, physiotherapy CPD courses ensure that you remain competent, and are providing your patients with the best possible service.

What CPD is required for physiotherapy?

Physiotherapists are required to undertake 30 hours of CPD each year, of which you must keep a record of for the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Each time you renew your registration with the HCPC, you’ll be asked to sign a declaration confirming that you continue to meet their standards, including the completion of CPD. The HCPC randomly selects registrants to submit their CPD portfolio to ensure compliance.

This commitment to CPD benefits both your ongoing knowledge and skills base, and your patients with strengthened reassurance and confidence in you as their physiotherapist.

What CPD can a physiotherapist do?

A physiotherapist must complete 30 hours of formal CPD per year. However members of the CSP can also elect to complete informal CPD monthly, with protected learning time.

Formal physiotherapy CPD

Physiotherapists can take a number of formal physiotherapy CPD courses in person, or online, which will count towards their CPD requirements. CPD can include courses to help a physiotherapist specialise in a certain area, courses to help physiotherapists learn a new skill or intervention that would benefit patients, and courses that solidify existing knowledge.

Breeze Academy offers a range of physiotherapy CPD courses that count towards formal CPD requirements, including acupuncture, yoga teacher training, and sports massage therapy. Learn more about our physiotherapy CPD courses online.

Informal physiotherapy CPD

The CSPstates that their members also have protected personal learning time of at least half a day per month for informal CPD activities. This is in addition to leave arrangements for mandatory CPD, and includes activities such as:

  • Reflective practice
  • Portfolio building
  • Use of library facilities
  • Evidence-based practice resources review
  • Journal reading
  • Participation in discussion groups

Physiotherapy CPD courses at Breeze Academy

Breeze Academy is one of the UK’s leading CPD providers, offering healthcare professionals quality CPD courses in a range of disciplines, including acupuncture, dry needling, yoga teacher training, sports massage therapy, and tutor coaching, among others. Check out our CPD courses online, or get in touch with us today to learn more about our Physiotherapy CPD offerings.

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