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How do I reflect in my CPD?

Reflection helps you get the most out of your CPD, and it doesn't have to be time consuming. If you use the 1CPD recording platform you can reflect on your learning by recording a voice memo or short note. Some useful prompts for your reflection are:

  • How did this CPD relate to your learning needs and plan?
  • What are the key things you learned?
  • What impact has the CPD had on you as a professional or in your practice?

If you reflect on your CPD and conclude you didn't learn anything, this can still be helpful as it can help you plan what you will do differently in the future. 

Related FAQs

  • Unlike vets and VNs, other professions such as midwives and doctors have re-validation/re-certification requirements and CPD compliance is assessed during that process. Non-compliance can lead to removal from their professional register.

    Many regulators, including the General Medical Council and the General Dental Council, include a requirement for reflection within their CPD. 

  • Reflection involves a systematic and critical analysis of the learning and development you have undertaken, thinking about if and how you will make changes to how you work as a result. 

  • Yes. If you have an immediate learning need then reflection on a case in practice, particularly if this is undertaken with colleagues or peers, can be useful and would be applicable to record as CPD. 

  • Reflection is central to outcomes-based CPD and we expect veterinary surgeons and nurses to reflect as part of their CPD commitments.

    If there is evidence that vets or VNs are not routinely reflecting on their CPD they have completed, the Education team may follow this up in the first instance.