Different ways of doing CPD

Your CPD is individual to you and there are no hard and fast rules about how much you should do or what type of activities will benefit you the most. You need to decide for yourself what you need to learn and how best to do so. Obviously, it is important to plan what you want to achieve from your learning and it helps to have an understanding of your own learning style before deciding what you are going to do.

Below are some examples of the many different types of learning activities which could form a part of your CPD. The purpose of this list is to get you thinking about different learning possibilities, rather than be a prescriptive list of things you need to take part in.

  • Action learning sets
  • Attending regional meetings and/or special interest groups
  • Coaching
  • Courses (classroom based, on-line or distance)
  • Discussion groups / forums
  • Job rotation
  • Mentoring
  • Networking
  • On the job learning
  • Podcasts
  • Presentations
  • Projects
  • Public speaking
  • Qualifications
  • Reading books, journals, blogs and website articles
  • Reflective practice
  • Secondments
  • Self assessment questionnaires
  • Taking on new responsibilities
  • Team building activities
  • Undertaking research
  • Videos
  • Visiting other departments/organisations
  • Volunteering
  • Webinars
  • Work shadowing