The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) defines CPD as “the need for individuals to keep up to date with rapidly changing knowledge.”1 Other organisations refer to structured processes “to maintain, develop and enhance skills, knowledge and competence both professionally and personally in order to improve performance at work”2 . The Chartered Institute of Management3 states that ‘Effective CPD is a commitment to professionalism – it shows that you have taken personal responsibility for ensuring that you have the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the challenges of an ever changing world. The process should benefit the individual, colleagues, students, external sponsors and clients, and the institution as a whole. Many professional bodies require members to provide evidence that they are in touch with the latest developments and techniques (as one example see the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists – www.csp.org.uk ). All individuals who take a professional interest in their jobs should be alert to the need to enhance their skills and competencies, for the following reasons: • Maintaining a capability and competence to perform well in your current role. Effective leaders and managers will recommend or organise activities for their staff, but it is the individual’s responsibility to anticipate change, keep updated, build on strengths and develop new skills • Ensuring that you and your employer comply with legal and other mandatory requirements (such as health and safety, including fire safety, equal opportunity and diversity legislation) • Preparing for additional responsibilities in current or future roles • Demonstrating motivation and enthusiasm for learning and developing self and others • Promoting yourself as meeting the requirements of your current job, having the potential to take on further responsibilities, and showing excellence in performance • Registration with your professional body, and maintenance of your membership, as \
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