Organising Your CPD

The osteopathic CPD cycle

CPD is an essential part of your keeping up-to-date with the evidence behind your treatment and advice, and it's a great way to hone or add to your skills.

It's also a pain in the proverbial - travelling, organising, keeping all the records sorted.

We get all that.

That's why we've set out to make it as easy as possible for you:

  • We provide a massive range of CPD, easily covering all the themes of the Osteopathic Practice Standards (essential under the GOsC rules)
  • We keep detailed records of what you've done, including certificates which list the exact aspects of the OPS which have been covered
  • We draft for you a "statement of reflection" for each piece of CPD, which you can use as-is, edit or replace.  Reflection is now an essential part of your CPD and whatever statement you decide is right will appear at the foot of the relevant certificate.
  • All your certificates are kept in one place, where you can access them at any time. There's no need to download them, but you can do that if you wish.
  • If you're one of our CPDPlus members, we also log for you any CPD done elsewhere - just tell us what the topic was and we'll do the rest

Range of Practice: your CPD needs to cover all 4 themes of the Osteopathic Practice Standards

You need to carry out at least one "Objective Activity" during your 3-year cycle

You must include at least one activity "in the area of communication and consent".

You have to keep a record of your CPD, showing that you have completed at least 90 hours during the 3-year cycle.  At least 45 hours must be "Learning With Others"

Towards the end of your 3-year cycle, you have to have a "Peer Discussion Review" with another osteopath or healthcare professional.

The GOsC  says that it randomly audits 5-10% of osteopaths each month to check evidence of their CPD.  If that's true, then pretty much everyone's records will be examined every year.  We suspect that the figure audited is much lower - probably only 5-10% of each month's actual submissions.

Of course, not all of those audited will know about it - it'll be be done purely internally at Osteopathy House.  In all probability, you'll only know about an audit if they have questions.  They might, for example, ask for amplification on any objective activities you might have conducted.  In which case, you'll need to submit your detailed reflection on the event.

Whatever is needed, however, The Academy can do it for you, leaving you free to get on with your daily life without the stress and irritation of dealing with these administrative interruptions.

Organising Your CPD

The chiropractic CPD cycle