- Rules of
Professional Conduct: expanding the explanatory
- The CSP's Council has endorsed
further expansion of the explanatory notes of the Rules
of Professional Conduct, following recommendations made
by the Ethical and Regulatory
- Issues Committee. Members should
add these additions to their current booklet .
Professional Development / Life Long Learning
The development of a strategy for
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)/Life Long
Learning (LLL) for both physiotherapists and assistants
sets out the range and breadth of ways in which
individuals can undertake CPD/LLL. This can be achieved
by undertaking a variety of learning activities.
- Both the profession and the health
and social care area in which physiotherapy is practised
is changing rapidly and it is likely that this will
continue for the foreseeable future. Members must
therefore continue to update knowledge and skills.
Remaining at the standard achieved at qualification is
not acceptable. A programme of CPD will address this
requirement. The following two paragraphs are taken
from the CSP's policy statement on the CSP's approach to
CPD for its qualified members.
- 'The approach acknowledges the
value of formal learning activities, such as attendance
on clinical courses and
study for additional qualifications. It also encourages
the use of innovative learning strategies, including those afforded within the
workplace and through collaboration with other
professions. It recognises
that day-to-day reflection on practice and self and peer
review, together with a commitment to providing
clinically effective services, are central to the
development of individual practitioners, the enhancement
of patient care, and the continued growth of the
- The Society believes that CPD
activities should be planned in accordance with a
thorough and ongoing evaluation of individuals'
development needs, and should reflect the diverse areas
and ways in which chartered physiotherapists can valuably
extend their knowledge, understanding and skills.
Employed physiotherapists should be supported by their
employers in identifying, meeting and evaluating the
fulfillment of their CPD needs, and in recording their