CPD Training Courses for Occupational Therapists

Breeze Academy offers a wide variety of occupational therapy CPD, including acupuncture and dry needling, exercise prescription, clinical yoga and sports massage. Elevate your OT practice and career by enrolling in our specialised CPD courses today.

  • The UK's leading acupuncture & dry needling course provider
  • Over 10 years teaching experience worldwide
  • Consistently rated 5-star by healthcare professionals
  • Curated and delivered by expert clinicians
  • Clinical reasoning at the heart of delivery
  • Fully accredited by the FHT

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Medical Acupuncture & Dry Needling Course (Foundation Level)

Skill level: BeginnerCPD hours: 3 days

An essential course for any healthcare professional looking to provide western medical acupuncture and dry needling for their clients.

Course bookings
5th - 7th Jun 2024 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

Bristol, UK

£610.00Bristol, BS1, UK

10th - 12th Jun 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

University of Birmingham (Physio Students Only)

£610.00University of Birmingham (Physio Students Only)

14th - 16th Jun 2024 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

St Georges University, London (University Students Only)

£610.00St Georges University, London, UK

14th - 16th Jun 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Lincoln, UK

£610.00Lincoln, LN6 9, UK

14th - 16th Jun 2024 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

West London, UK

£635.00West London, W3 6, UK

21st - 23rd Jun 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Preston, UK

£610.00Preston, PR1 3, UK

29th Jun - 1st Jul 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Kent, UK

£610.00European School of Osteopathy (ESO), Kent, UK

1st - 3rd Jul 2024 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

Belfast, UK

£610.00Belfast, BT12 5, UK

1st - 3rd Jul 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Leeds Beckett University (Students Only)

£610.00Leeds Beckett University (Students Only)

3rd - 5th Jul 2024 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

Manchester, UK

£610.00Manchester, UK

8th - 10th Jul 2024 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

Barnstaple, North Devon

£610.00Petroc College, Barnstaple, North Devon, EX31 2BQ

12th - 14th Jul 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Birmingham, UK

£635.00Birmingham Great Barr, B43 7, UK

15th - 17th Jul 2024 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

Newcastle, UK

£610.00Breeze Academy HQ, Newcastle, NE29 6, UK

15th - 17th Jul 2024 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

Plymouth Marjon University, Plymouth, UK

£610.00Plymouth Marjon University, Plymouth, UK (Plymouth Osteopathy Students Only)

22nd - 24th Jul 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Keele University (Keele Students Only)

£610.00Keele University, Keele, UK

23rd - 25th Jul 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Sheffield, UK (For Sheffield Hallam Students)

£610.00Sheffield, UK

26th - 28th Jul 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Southampton, UK

£610.00Southampton, SO15 1AG, UK

26th - 28th Jul 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Coventry, UK

£610.00Coventry, CV8 1, UK

26th - 28th Jul 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Milton Keynes, UK

£610.00Milton Keynes, MK16 0, UK

31st Jul - 2nd Aug 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Carlisle, UK

£610.00Carlisle, CA3 0, UK

2nd - 4th Aug 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Leeds, UK

£610.00Leeds, LS10 1, UK

2nd - 4th Aug 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Derby, UK

£610.00Derby, DE1 3, UK

2nd - 4th Aug 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

London, UK

£635.00London, W1W 6, UK

14th - 16th Aug 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Bradford, UK

£610.00Bradford, BD1 2, UK

23rd - 25th Aug 2024 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

Glasgow, UK

£610.00Glasgow, UK

6th - 8th Sep 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Edinburgh, UK

£619.00Edinburgh, EH3, 8, UK

6th - 8th Sep 2024 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

Doncaster, UK

£619.00Doncaster, DN4 8, UK

9th - 11th Sep 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Brighton, UK

£619.00Brighton, BN1 2, UK

13th - 15th Sep 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Luton, UK

£619.00Luton, LU2 9, UK

18th - 20th Sep 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Newcastle, UK

£619.00Newcastle, NE29 6, UK

20th - 22nd Sep 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Leicester, UK

£619.00Leicester, LE1 5, UK

25th - 27th Sep 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Bristol, UK

£619.00Bristol, BS1 2, UK

2nd - 4th Oct 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Exeter, UK

£619.00Exeter, EX1 2, UK

4th - 6th Oct 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Birmingham, UK

£649.00Birmingham, B32 3, UK

4th - 6th Oct 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Swansea, UK

£619.00Swansea, UK

9th - 11th Oct 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Liverpool, UK

£619.00Liverpool, L3 4, UK

18th - 20th Oct 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Manchester, UK

£619.00Manchester, M1 5, UK

25th - 27th Oct 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Ipswich, UK

£619.00Ipswich, IP2 0, UK

30th Oct - 1st Nov 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Southampton, UK

£619.00Southampton, SO15 1, UK

1st - 3rd Nov 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Nottingham, UK

£610.00Nottingham, NG2 3, UK

8th - 10th Nov 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Bradford, UK

£619.00Bradford, BD1, 2, UK

8th - 10th Nov 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

London, UK

£649.00London, W1W 6, UK

11th - 13th Nov 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Newcastle, UK

£619.00Newcastle, NE29 6, UK

13th - 15th Nov 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Bristol, UK

£619.00Bristol, BS1 2, UK

15th - 17th Nov 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Coventry, UK

£619.00Coventry, CV8 1, UK

22nd - 24th Nov 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

University of West England (Students only)

£619.00UWE, UK

22nd - 24th Nov 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Sheffield, UK

£619.00Sheffield, S1 4, UK

22nd - 24th Nov 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Bedford, UK

£619.00Bedford, MK42, UK

22nd - 24th Nov 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

London, UK

£649.00London, W3 6, UK

29th Nov - 1st Dec 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Carlisle, UK

£619.00Carlisle, CA3 0, UK

29th Nov - 1st Dec 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Glasgow, UK

£619.00Glasgow, G1 4, UK

4th - 6th Dec 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Birmingham, UK

£635.00Birmingham, B32 3, UK

6th - 8th Dec 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Reading, UK

£619.00Reading, RG2 0, UK

6th - 8th Dec 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Manchester, UK

£619.00Manchester, M1 5, UK

6th - 8th Dec 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Leeds, UK

£619.00Leeds, LS10 1, UK

9th - 11th Dec 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Derby, UK

£619.00Derby, DE1 3, UK

11th - 13th Dec 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Middlesbrough, UK

£619.00Middlesbrough, TS1 2, UK

13th - 15th Dec 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

London, UK

£649.00London, W1W 6, UK

13th - 15th Dec 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Coventry University, UK

£619.00Coventry University, Coventry, UK

7th - 9th Mar 2025 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

University of West England (Students only)

£619.00UWE, UK

9th - 11th Jun 2025 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

University of Birmingham (Physio Students Only)

£635.00University of Birmingham (Physio Students Only)

5th - 7th Sep 2025 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Leicester University ( Students only)

£495.00Leicester University ( Students only)

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Clinical Yoga for Rehabilitation, Recovery & Well-Being

Skill level: BeginnerCPD hours: 150 hours

Join us on this transformative yoga teacher training course where we unlock the power of yoga as a tool for rehabilitation, recovery and well-being.

Level 3 Sports Massage Training Course

Skill level: BeginnerCPD hours: 225 hours

The course to kick-start your sports massage career, taking you from complete beginner to competent sports massage practitioner.

Level 4 Sports Massage Training Course

Skill level: AdvancedCPD hours: 128 hours

The course to take your sports massage career to that next level, opening up further opportunities and advancing your skills, knowledge and experience.

Strength, Conditioning & Exercise Prescription Course

Skill level: IntermediateCPD hours: 100 hours

An essential course for any healthcare professional looking to implement strength and conditioning principles to effectively test, evaluate and prescribe exercise in order to enhance physical capabilities.

Advanced Skills in Acupuncture

Skill level: AdvancedCPD hours: 100

Enhance your acupuncture and dry needling skills beyond your foundation training, by delving into advanced clinical reasoning and sophisticated needling techniques.

Frequently asked questions

The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements for occupational therapists in the UK are overseen by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The HCPC is the regulatory body for healthcare professionals, including occupational therapists, in the UK.

CPD is an essential element of maintaining registration with the HCPC, and it is a continuous process that supports the development and maintenance of professional competence. Occupational therapists are expected to engage in a range of CPD activities to ensure that they stay current with best practices, enhance their skills, and contribute to their ongoing professional development.

Key aspects of the CPD requirements for occupational therapists may include:

  • Participation in CPD Activities: Occupational therapists are expected to actively participate in a variety of CPD activities that are relevant to their scope of practice. This can include courses, workshops, conferences, seminars, and other forms of professional development.
  • CPD hours: All practicing occupational therapists must complete a minimum of 30 hours of CPD per year directed towards maintaining and improving competence in occupational therapy practice.
  • Reflective Practice: Reflective practice is a crucial component of CPD. Occupational therapists are encouraged to reflect on their experiences, identify areas for improvement, and consider how their learning can be applied to enhance their practice.
  • Personal Development Plan (PDP): Occupational therapists are required to create and maintain a Personal Development Plan (PDP). The PDP outlines their learning needs, objectives, and plans for CPD activities, serving as a roadmap for their ongoing professional development.
  • CPD Record Keeping: Occupational therapists must keep an accurate and up-to-date record of their CPD activities. This record includes details such as the nature of the activity, the number of hours spent, and the impact on their practice.
  • Peer Discussion and Feedback: The HCPC encourages occupational therapists to engage in peer discussions about their CPD activities. Peer feedback and discussion provide valuable insights and contribute to a culture of shared learning and improvement.
  • Revalidation: Revalidation is a process through which occupational therapists demonstrate their continued fitness to practice. Successful completion of CPD requirements is a key component of revalidation, which typically occurs every two years.

It's essential for occupational therapists to regularly review the HCPC's guidelines on CPD and revalidation to ensure compliance with the regulatory requirements. This may involve seeking guidance from professional associations, employers, and educational institutions. Since guidelines and requirements can evolve, occupational therapists should stay informed about any updates or changes to the CPD requirements set by the HCPC.

For further information, please visit the HCPC website.

CPD offers numerous advantages for occupational therapists, contributing to their ongoing learning, professional growth, and the delivery of high-quality client care. Here are key advantages of CPD for occupational therapists:

  • Enhanced Clinical Competence: Engaging in CPD activities helps occupational therapists stay current with evidence-based practices, emerging interventions, and advancements in occupational therapy. This contributes to enhanced clinical competence and the ability to provide effective and up-to-date interventions.
  • Improved Client Outcomes: CPD enables occupational therapists to apply the latest knowledge and skills in their practice, leading to improved client outcomes and increased satisfaction among those receiving occupational therapy services.
  • Adaptation to Changing Practices: Occupational therapy practices and guidelines may evolve, and CPD ensures that therapists can adapt to changing practices, new technologies, and emerging trends in healthcare.
  • Increased Confidence: Regular participation in CPD activities contributes to occupational therapists' confidence in their abilities, reinforcing their role as knowledgeable and skilled healthcare professionals.
  • Career Advancement: CPD can open doors to career advancement opportunities, such as specialisation in a particular area of occupational therapy, leadership roles, or involvement in research and education.
  • Promotion of Reflective Practice: CPD encourages occupational therapists to engage in reflective practice, allowing them to critically analyse their experiences, identify areas for improvement, and continuously refine their practice.
  • Staying Informed about Research: CPD activities may include staying informed about the latest research in occupational therapy and related fields. This knowledge contributes to evidence-based practice and informed decision-making.
  • Enhanced Communication Skills: CPD often includes components focused on communication and interpersonal skills. Improved communication skills contribute to effective interactions with clients, families, and the healthcare team.
  • Increased Job Satisfaction: CPD allows occupational therapists to engage in continuous learning and professional development, leading to increased job satisfaction and a sense of personal fulfilment.
  • Personal and Professional Development: CPD provides opportunities for occupational therapists to enhance both their personal and professional development, fostering a sense of accomplishment and growth.
  • Peer Collaboration and Networking: Participation in CPD events provides opportunities for occupational therapists to collaborate with peers, share experiences, and build professional networks.
  • Enhanced Leadership Skills: CPD activities that focus on leadership development contribute to occupational therapists' ability to take on leadership roles within healthcare organisations.

In summary, CPD is integral to the ongoing development of occupational therapists, ensuring that they provide the highest standard of care and stay abreast of the latest developments in their field. The advantages of CPD extend beyond individual growth to positively impact client care, professional standing, and the overall advancement of the occupational therapy profession.

CPD for occupational therapists in the UK encompasses a variety of activities that contribute to their ongoing learning, skill development, and professional growth. The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) sets guidelines for CPD as part of the revalidation process, ensuring that occupational therapists maintain and enhance their competence.

Here are some examples of activities that may count as CPD for occupational therapists in the UK:

  • Formal Education and Training: Attending courses, workshops, conferences, and seminars related to occupational therapy practice, new interventions, and advancements in the field.
  • Clinical Practice: Participating in clinical audits to assess and enhance the quality of occupational therapy care. Involvement in peer reviews and discussions about clinical cases.
  • Reflective Practice: Engaging in reflective practice, which involves analysing and learning from personal experiences, challenges, and successes in occupational therapy care.
  • Research and Publications: Conducting or contributing to research projects in occupational therapy. Staying informed about the latest research in occupational therapy and related fields.
  • Teaching and Supervision: Providing formal teaching to occupational therapy students or colleagues. Acting as a clinical supervisor or mentor for occupational therapy trainees.
  • Simulation and Skills Training: Participating in simulation exercises and skills training to enhance clinical and procedural competencies.
  • Attendance at Conferences and Seminars: Attending conferences, seminars, and events related to occupational therapy and healthcare.
  • E-Learning and Online Courses: Completing online courses and e-learning modules relevant to occupational therapy practice.
  • Updating Clinical Skills: Engaging in activities that update and enhance clinical skills, ensuring that occupational therapists are practicing in line with current evidence-based standards.
  • Patient Feedback: Seeking and reflecting on patient feedback as part of the CPD process, demonstrating an awareness of client perspectives and experiences.
  • Quality Improvement Projects: Participating in quality improvement projects within the healthcare setting to enhance service delivery.
  • Health Promotion Initiatives: Engaging in activities that contribute to health promotion and public health initiatives.
  • Leadership and Management Courses: Undertaking courses related to occupational therapy management, leadership, and administration.
  • Crisis Management Training: Participating in training programs related to crisis management and emergency response.

Occupational therapists should engage in a diverse range of CPD activities that align with their professional goals and the evolving needs of occupational therapy practice. They must keep accurate records of their CPD activities, including details such as the type of activity, duration, and reflection on the impact on practice. This information is subject to audit during the revalidation process. Additionally, occupational therapists may seek guidance from their employers, professional associations, and educational institutions to ensure they meet the HCPC's CPD standards.

When occupational therapists fail to meet their CPD requirements, it can have implications for their revalidation, professional standing, and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) in the UK. The HCPC mandates CPD as an essential part of the revalidation process to ensure that occupational therapists maintain and enhance their competence.

Here are some potential consequences when occupational therapists fail to meet their CPD requirements:

  • Non-Compliance with Revalidation: CPD is a mandatory component of the revalidation process. If occupational therapists fail to meet the CPD requirements, they may be deemed non-compliant with revalidation.
  • Lapsed Registration: Revalidation is necessary for the renewal of registration with the HCPC. Failure to revalidate due to non-compliance with CPD requirements may result in the lapse or suspension of the occupational therapist's registration.
  • Professional Conduct Investigation: Non-compliance with revalidation and CPD requirements may trigger a professional conduct investigation by the HCPC. The investigation may assess whether the occupational therapist has met the necessary standards of professional practice.
  • Referral to Fitness to Practice: Serious or persistent non-compliance with CPD requirements may lead to a referral to the HCPC's Fitness to Practice (FtP) process. FtP investigations address concerns about an occupational therapist's fitness to practice and can result in disciplinary action.
  • Warnings or Sanctions: The HCPC may issue warnings or sanctions if it determines that an occupational therapist has failed to meet CPD requirements or has not adhered to the professional standards outlined in the revalidation process.
  • Conditions on Practice: If an occupational therapist is found non-compliant with CPD requirements, the HCPC may impose conditions on their practice. These conditions are designed to address concerns and facilitate the therapist's return to compliance.
  • Removal from the Professional Register: In severe cases, continued non-compliance or serious breaches of professional standards may result in removal from the HCPC's professional register. Removal means the individual is no longer authorised to practice as an occupational therapist.

It's crucial for occupational therapists to prioritise and actively engage in CPD activities to meet the HCPC's revalidation requirements. This includes maintaining accurate records of CPD activities, reflecting on their impact on practice, and ensuring compliance with the guidelines set by the regulatory body. Regularly reviewing the HCPC's guidance on revalidation and CPD, seeking support from employers and educational institutions, and proactively managing CPD obligations contribute to maintaining professional registration and upholding the standards of occupational therapy practice.

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