CPD is an abbreviation of Continuing Professional Development. It is a term used specifically for describing the learning activities in which practitioners engage to develop as well as improve their skills, knowledge, and capabilities. It makes learning proactive and conscious process allowing the practitioners to put their newly learned skills to practice. As the term suggests, CPD is a continuous and self-driven learning form which helps you to learn and progress your skills as well as career.
The industry of aesthetic medicine is among the rapidly expanding industries, globally. Every other day innovative cosmetic treatments and aesthetic clinics are developing. This has attracted a large number of new practitioners to get training in aesthetic medicine as well as increased awareness of non-surgical cosmetic procedures among people.
Before visiting the cosmetic clinic, most of the patients do their research. They are more aware of how they want to look, and which treatments they want to have to improve their physical aesthetics. The celebrities have also played a significant role in creating awareness about non-invasive aesthetic treatments. Many celebrities publically declared their cosmetic treatments, and it is no longer considered a taboo thing to talk about.
Due to rapidly increasing public awareness of various cosmetic procedures and the latest trends, it has become vital for cosmetic practitioners to stay up-to-date and knowledgeable about the advanced aesthetic treatments and procedures. They also need to offer the aesthetic procedures of highest standards, quality and safety to stay ahead of their competitors in this market of cut-throat competition.
In this regard, it is imperative for cosmetic practitioners to undergo medical revalidation for advancing their cosmetic practice and medical revalidation. There are NMC, GMC and GDC revalidation systems. All these systems require evidence of continuing professional development (CPD) for medical registration.
As a cosmetic practitioner, you know how many CPD hours you need to complete every year. These learning hours should be relevant to your medical practice, and you should have sound knowledge about what you have learned to discuss it confidently.
You need to expand your knowledge in the field of aesthetic medicine to gain valuable knowledge and of course CPD hours. You can add to your CPD hours throughout the year by;
All of these activities add to your CPD points. These are evidence of your continuing professional development which shows your passion for learning and advancing your career.
The regulatory bodies review your CPD portfolio as an aesthetic practitioner to ensure that you meet the standards of annual CPD requirements. Your CPD portfolio should display different learning methods and how those impacted your capabilities. Therefore, you should always keep your CPD portfolio updated as it is challenging to remember and record your every CPD related activity at the end of the year.
There are several benefits of continuing professional development (CPD) courses for independent as well as employed cosmetic practitioners.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) holds more benefits than drawbacks for your professional, personal and career development. The thing you need to ensure as a cosmetic practitioner is to gather your CPD evidence regularly. Undertake professional CPD courses from accredited cosmetic training institutes so that you have substantial evidence to demonstrate at the end of the year.