October marks the start of a new CPD year in the pharmacy world (in Australia, anyway), so I’ve been getting back in to journal articles and quizzes and whatnot. (This sounds like the start of a riveting post, doesn’t it?) (Don’t answer that – it’s rhetorical.)
For those of you unfamiliar with “CPD”, it stands for “continuing professional development” and basically means that we, as professionals, have to undertake various activities throughout the year to show that we are continually maintaining and improving our knowledge and skills. Different activities are worth a different number of points and there’s a set amount of points that you have to reach by September 30 each year.
I finished my CPD requirements pretty early on in the last CPD year, so kind of didn’t do much after March/April. Well, to be fair, I did still study and read journal articles (now and then) but just didn’t record any CPD points for it, so really, I could have had even more CPD points. I even did a patient talk, which required a fair bit of research and preparation!
Anyway, I’m getting back into the swing of things, and am hoping to maintain a rate of at least one CPD activity every week (or two, depending on other circumstances). For what it’s worth, I’ve already got 3.25 points.