Firstly, it goes without saying that we have all trained hard at University and College to qualify as Occupational Therapists but the learning doesn’t stop there on the day we get our certificate. This is a good thing – although I am sure that there are many amongst our ranks that would disagree. In the UK we as OT’s, are all obliged to record our continuing professional development as part of the Health Professions Council’s mandatory CPD standards. If for whatever reason we fail to keep and up to date record of our learning we run the risk of being struck off the register and therefore CPD shouldn’t be taken lightly.
I can see where the HPC are coming from as well. After all we all have patient facing roles and I also think that the vast majority of us strive to ensure we do the best for our patients. By carrying out CPD and varying our learning activities it helps us to keep abreast of current developments and that is of paramount importance in ensuring that we as Occupational Therapists are able to do the best for our service users. Surely that’s what it’s all about anyway isn’t it? We all want to help and by mixing up our CPD activities we can possibly help better than we could if we hadn’t learnt that new technique on that course last month.
Now this is all very well and good, but unfortunately, in my opinion the COT (college of occupational therapy) in the UK don’t offer us a decent means of recording our development. We could argue about the rights and wrongs of this all day but the fact remains that the COT and their ILOD provision probably isn’t up to the task of recording our CPD in this modern age. That’s why I would recommend that you use cpd-online.com for your Occupational Therapy CPD here for the simple reason that you it is all stored in the cloud. This means that your OT CPD is conveniently available from any internet going device 24/7/365 – that’s got to be a good thing!