Why is CPD important and why does it matter?

I am often asked to describe the importance of continuing professional development (CPD).

  •  You’ve finished your training
  •  You’ve completed all your practical experience requirements so that you can work
  • Your new job is all lined up and ready to go

          ... Mission accomplished!

It’s fair to say the first part of your mission is well and truly accomplished. Sit back and give yourself a pat on the back. But don’t take too long about it or you’ll be lagging behind your colleagues. The same is true for professionals with many years’ experience in the workplace.

Continuing professional development (CPD) is important because it ensures you continue to be competent in your profession. It is an ongoing process and continues throughout a professional’s career the General Dental Council calls this lifelong learning. The ultimate outcome of well-planned CPD is that it safeguards the public, the employer, the professional and the professional’s career. The importance of CPD should not be underestimated – it is a career long obligation for practising professionals.

It is mandated by the General Dental Council and also the Care Quality Commission. But at its core it is a personal responsibility of professionals to keep their knowledge and skills current so that they can deliver the high quality of service that safeguards the public and meets the expectations of patients and the requirements of their profession.


Author Robert Dyas

Director ProDentalCPD

Posted by Gemma

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