Declaration

Please read and sign the declaration below and return the form to the HMA Office.

First Name : _______________  Last Name : _______________

I declare that I know of no claim or suit alleging negligence, error or omission against me. I am not currently the subject of a fitness to practise investigation or proceedings by a regulatory body in the UK or any other country.

I know of no complaint (or equivalent) against me, I have never been convicted of any criminal offence or been subject to any disciplinary proceedings and I know of no circumstance which could reasonably be expected to result in a complaint against me. I have never been removed from a register nor had any conditions made on my registration by a regulatory body, either in the UK or any other country.

If you are in any doubt about the facts being considered material, you should disclose them.

Disclosures Enclosed

Please tick the appropriate

Yes □

No □

Signed : _______________         Date: _______________

 

Continuing Professional Development

Lifelong Learning (LLL)

THE learning process starts from day one in life and is ongoing. Learning can be carried out both intentionally or unintentionally. It is for each individual to use the opportunities life presents to learn and decide the pace for this learning. LLL provides opportunity regardless of age.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

THE purpose of CPD is continually to develop professional competence and in itself forms an integral part of LLL. CPD aims to develop competence for what you are doing now and what you need to do to meet changing demands. CPD is an ongoing process that will allow you to adapt your changing needs and those of your practice. Homeopaths must undertake CPD in a way that meets their individual and strategic needs and is also right for them. It is important to understand that CPD is a personal experience.

Aspects of an effective CPD programme include continuing education audit, writing, learning from experience, learning from colleagues, teaching, problem solving and critical incident analysis – to name but a few.

. CPD is both reactive and proactive;

. CPD records need to be maintained - the actual process of recording can help reinforce learning.

Continuing Education (CE)

HOMEOPATHS should undertake at least 30 hours of CE each year.

. There is no requirement to do accredited courses for this purpose. Material for CE can be drawn from many sources.

. Records of attendance, assignments and certificates provide useful evidence of meeting the 30 hour CE requirement.

. CE should be related to CPD needs – that is, a CPD need might be met by undertaking particular CE. Attendance at CE may trigger the identification of a CPD need or even unexpectedly support CPD.

. Remember CE is not equal to CPD! CPD can be viewed as the translation of CE into everyday professional practice.

THE BARRIERS

So now we have established what CPD can involve and that records need to be maintained. Homeopaths like many other professionals often find it difficult to record activities in their everyday practice. The reason behind this are often based on a fear that the activity may be too mundane – a regular occurrence and not spectacular enough. This can lead to questioning of the importance of CPD records.

Another fear is the uncertainty of how their CPD portfolio will be assessed and how these records could be used against them.

Practical issues including finding time to record CPD.

There is also the case that there are no immediate tangible benefits – maintaining CPD records will not guarantee any instant financial reward.

The important point for homeopaths to realise is that CPD is a personal experience. Above all, it is a tool to develop themselves.

Keeping a CPD portfolio is seen by many as the first step towards competence based practising rights. Translating newly found knowledge and skills into the workplace involves a change of behaviour. Changing behaviour is no easy task and there is no overnight fix.

CPD involves being realistic, dedicated and above all enthusiastic. Almost all professions require their members to demonstrate their CPD.

CPD

A sample sheet is enclosed showing how it should be completed. It would be a good idea to note down the time spent on this task. A blank sheet is also enclosed for you to photocopy and keep on file.

As CPD tasks are completed these will serve as an ongoing portfolio. HMA council strongly advise members to get used to CPD as it will probably become mandatory in the near future.

CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

 

Sample sheet

 

 

IDENTIFYING A NEED

 

 

 

 

SUBJECT

 

 

 

 

ACTION TAKEN

 

 

 

 

HOW THIS WILL HELP IN MY WORK

 

 

 

 

OTHER CPD NEEDS IDENTIFIED FROM THIS EXERCISE

 

 

 

 

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CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

 

 

Sample sheet

 

 

IDENTIFYING A NEED

I saw a patient diagnosed with Lichen Planus. Not very sure about this condition, therefore decided to find out more.

 

 

SUBJECT

Lichen Planus

 

 

 

ACTION TAKEN

Consulted medical textbooks. Spoke to local GP and pharmacist to find out what the orthodox treatment is.

 

 

HOW THIS WILL HELP IN MY WORK

It will help me feel more confident in tackling this case and future cases of Lichen Planus.

 

 

OTHER CPD NEEDS IDENTIFIED FROM THIS EXERCISE

I realised that it is not so easy to identify skin conditions. Therefore decided to learn more about general skin conditions, preferably with photographs.