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Tagged In:  CPD, HCPC, Social Work, Social Worker

This year, all social workers are required to renew their registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) by the 30 November 2016, with renewal opening tomorrow (1 September 2016). 

There are set HCPC standards for continuing professional development (CPD) that social workers must meet. With 2.5% of those renewing expected to be audited, we thought we’d cover some of the key elements your profile should contain to meet the council’s standards

Plenty of information to guide you

If you’re one of the few selected for audit, there’s no need to worry. There’s lots of information available, including our own guide on how to answer CPD questions. You will simply be asked to provide a profile that should include the following:

  • A brief overview of your practice history over the past two years (a maximum of 500 words)
  • A fuller statement explaining how you have met the standards of CPD (around 1000-1500 words)
  • Supporting evidence to back up what you say in your statement

Preparation is key 

It’s always best to start writing your profile as soon as possible. Try not to leave it until the last minute and diarise 30 November 2016 as the deadline day. 

Try and cover a broad range of different activities/training you have undertaken and describe exactly what you have learned from each one. You should be aiming for between four to six examples. 

Make sure you are able to evidence your points – this may be in the form of reflective logs, case studies, presentations, training certificates or feedback from service users or peers you have worked with. 

Remember though, your statements should be focused on quality rather than quantity and try to use examples that show exactly how you have met the standards. 

Put your professional development activities into date order – you’ll need to make sure there are not any gaps of three months of more. If there are any, you will need to provide an explanation of why. 

It’s always advisable, especially if you are a locum social worker, to keep a personal log of your CPD, so that as and when you change roles, you have access to it. 

The key thing to remember is that the Council will focus on the outcome of your activities and how they have benefited service users as well as enhancing your skills as a social worker. 

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