Continuing Professional Development

Currently, no formal criteria exist for the assessment of CPD activities undertaken by PA(A)s. The Association of Physicians’ Assistants (Anaesthesia) shares the view of registering bodies such as the Health Professions Council and the Royal College of Anaesthetists that practitioners should keep a portfolio recording all post-graduate educational activity and also a logbook of cases undertaken. Practitioners should be able to justify that the subject matter and quality of their CPD is appropriate to the role. Examples of how this might be achieved include attending study activities having CPD/CME approval from a Royal College, passing a nationally recognised course such as ALS or undertaking self-guided learning through portals such as the RCoA E-Learning for Anaesthesia website.

The Association considers that the equivalent of 25 CPD points annually would be the minimum required to demonstrate continuing competence. The Royal College of Anaesthetists offers a discounted rate for its educational activities to PA(A)s who are Affiliates of the College.

The APA(A) intends that the content of its future educational activities will be approved for CPD purposes by the Higher Education Institutes responsible for the content of the post-graduate diploma.

APA(A) cpd September 2012

Continuing Professional Development Guidance

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