1. Continuing Professional Development CPD

NASGP AppraisalAidWhat CPD do you need for appraisal?

To demonstrate you are keeping up to date, you will need to collect 50 credits in each appraisal year, irrespective of the number of sessions worked, leading to 250 credits over a 5-year revalidation cycle. You award them to yourself and then they are verified by your appraiser.

Basically, one hour of education demonstrated by a “reflective record”  on learning points and changes made is one learning credit.

What you learn will be individual to you, your interests and your working life but some tips that will keep your appraiser happy:

How you learn is also up to you.

  • Aim for a mixture of different learning activities; anything from personal study, locum group learning, discussion with a colleague, organised courses.
  • Don’t forget, you’ll also be clocking up learning credits from your quality improvement activities and your learning from feedback via significant event analysis. Just remember not to double count the credits (e.g. counting credits for the same piece of learning in your QIA and CPD area) as this is frowned upon.

Reflection, reflection, reflection

This is key when it comes to claiming your CPD credits. Recording that you read the BMJ for an hour a week – bingo 52 credits! – will not be sufficient. Similarly, just collecting attendance certificates at meetings will not do. The argument being that the untargeted and unreflected acquisition of knowledge does not necessarily translate to change that will benefit patients. You need to reflect and record why this learning is important to you; what you might need to do differently as a result of this learning and a plan for doing this; ideally, as a final flourish, you could demonstrate the outcome of your learning by showing how your practise has changed, perhaps handily leading to a QIA...

For many, the process of reflective learning feels like such a fundamental part of being a doctor that the act of having to record what seems obvious and natural can feel cumbersome and frustrating. But appraisal, now being the basis of revalidation, is here to stay and there is a way to turn the process to your advantage….and the NASGP CPD templates are here to help you capture learning from different settings and record those important features of reflection that your appraiser will want to see.

Download and adapt any of our four appraisal templates to quickly guide you through the process of recording and reflecting on your CPD

  • From an interesting encounter with a patient
  • From a meeting you've attended
  • On having read and article, book or clinical blog

We also provide you with a structured clinical reflection template.

All are in both Word and Google docs, which can be synced to your hard drive, smartphone and cloud storage, allowing you to record evidence, and later access your learning , on-the-go (both online and offline).

View templates

Many of our downloads are available as Google Docs or Microsoft Word documents. Both can be stored as single files that you can download on to a hard disk of a computer. However, if you want to access them at any time from any computer or other device (ideal for GP locums working in many practices) then look into cloud based storage options such as Google Drive.

  • If you click on one of our Google Docs links, you'll notice that it's View only. So in order to make a copy of this, click on the Google Sign in link on the Google Doc screen (usually top right hand of the screen) and sign in with your Gmail account*.
  • Then go to File >> Make a copy, which will then save your very own copy in your own Google Drive for you to access and customise.

*Don't have a Gmail account? You'll be prompted to signup for one if you try to sign in. Worth doing; it's quick, free and you get email and calendar along with the Google Drive (document storage).