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Last night (21st October) Sanctuary hosted the second online discussion to help social workers re-register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and meet the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) standards. This followed the welcomed resource of Sanctuary's previous online CPD discussion held in August, which saw more than 150 social workers attend.

Tuesday's discussion (which lasted 90 minutes) allowed social workers to log-on from their home computers or tablets. We were joined by practitioners from a variety of specialisms, who contributed to a very interesting discussion on what they could count as part of their CPD profile. They were also given the chance to put any questions forward to a panel of experts.

The panellists also encouraged social workers to share their tips for best practice and reflect on how they could use this in their own work, ensuring the discussion could count as an individual CPD activity.

There are just five weeks left for social workers to renew their registration with the HCPC (ahead of the deadline on the 30th November), so much of the discussion was focused on what practitioners need to do in case they are selected at random to be audited.

Common questions asked throughout the conversation included: What type of information do I need to provide as evidence? When will I hear if I have been selected for audit? How many activities do I need to present in my portfolio? and Can I use my volunteering work as a CPD activity? Social workers who missed the discussion can still view the replay to see the answers and may find our report 'Your CPD Questions Answered' helpful.

Craig Davis, Head of Social Work at Sanctuary, said: "The session was a great opportunity for us to reassure social workers about the renewal process. They asked some interesting questions and all of the panellists did a brilliant job of sharing their knowledge and helping them to understand exactly what they need to do to maintain their registration."

Many of the social workers who joined the discussion last night commented on how valuable it had been:

"Just like the first one, it was excellent tonight!"

Stephen Norvell, Social Worker

"I think it is really helpful to receive information and advice from a professional panel and other practitioners."

James Johnstone, Family Court Advisor

"I now know that everything that we do in our work place be it seminars, workshops and supervisions can act as CPD."

Support Worker

"The expert panel gave clear and concise answers to the questions that were presented to them"

Pearlene Spence, Mental Health Social Worker

"Very good to know that there is a lot of support out there to help with CPD and also to realise that there isn't a one-size-fits-all policy about what constitutes learning."

Graham Hennis, Independent Social Worker and BIA

If you missed the discussion last night, you can view the replay. If you would like to register for a written transcript of the discussion (which you can use as evidence in your CPD portfolio) simply submit your details in our post-event survey.

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