RCVS to demonstrate new CPD platform at BVNA Congress

4 October 2019

We will be attending the 2019 British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA) Congress next week where it will be promoting a number of its activities and initiatives including upcoming CPD changes and its planned ‘under care’ review.

The Congress will run from Friday 11 to Sunday 13 October at the International Centre Telford, Shropshire, and RCVS staff will be on hand at stand B5 with a range of displays and information pertaining to its key activities this autumn. 

Staff will be available to share information on and answer questions regarding the upcoming CPD policy changes from January 2020, including the shift to an annual hourly CPD requirement and the introduction of an outcomes-focused CPD policy. The outcomes–focused approach to CPD is being introduced on a voluntary basis over two years, with this becoming mandatory in 2022.

There will also be an opportunity to see our new online CPD recording platform, 1CPD, in action on the stand. The platform, a tool for VNs and vet surgeons to record their CPD, will be officially launched in January 2020, and will support the new approach to CPD with requires individuals to reflect on the outcomes and/or impact of the CPD they have undertaken on them or their practice. 1CPD will replace the existing Professional Development Record (PDR), after which all content from the PDR will automatically be ported over to 1CPD.

“We are excited to be in a position to share the first iteration of our new CPD recording platform with BVNA Congress delegates and to get their vital feedback on its functionality. We are also particularly interested in receiving feedback on the platform, and are currently encouraging vets and VNs to get involved with our user-testing phase,” says Dr Linda Prescott-Clements, RCVS Director of Education.

“With the first stage of the development of the CPD recording platform due to finish in October, we are looking for a cohort of both veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses who can spend a few months using and providing feedback on the new platform. We will then consider their feedback carefully in order to improve the recording platform ready for launch in January 2020.”

Veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses who wish to volunteer to take part in the testing for the CPD app, as well as CPD providers who want to discuss the CPD policy plans, should contact Jenny Soreskog-Turp, our CPD Officer, on cpd@rcvs.org.uk or 020 7202 0701.

Congress delegates will also be able to chat to VN Council members and RCVS staff about the College’s proposals for a wide-ranging review of its guidance on ‘under care’ and 24/7 emergency cover, and how best to get involved in the initial call for evidence, planned for later this year. Further details on the review will be published on its dedicated website.

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