The GMC today published independent research (commissioned from the Academic Unit of Primary Medical Care, University of Sheffield, in collaboration with Capita Health) on the impact of CPD on doctors’ performance and patient/service outcomes.
- Time is provided for individuals to reflect on their learning after it has completed
- It is integrated with appraisal, linked to personal development plans and aligned with organisational objectives
- Organisational support is provided to facilitate change following completion of learning.
Speaking about the report, the Chair of the Academy's Directors of CPD Committee, Dr Ian Starke said:
"We welcome this study as a preliminary step to review the impact of CPD on a range of doctors. We support many of the recommendations in the report and hope we can use it as a stimulus for further development of an evidence base to support CPD across the whole scope of work of a doctor rather than looking at individual CPD activities.
"Following initial discussions with the GMC regarding the report’s findings, DoCPD is looking forward to future collaboration particularly in the following areas which were highlighted in the report:
- The role of employers in facilitating effective CPD
- The links between effective CPD, appraisal, PDPs and service need
- The role of reflection
- Practical ways of promoting effective learning through CPD."