The ICE Council has agreed to push forward with proposals that will see the formal monitoring of individual members’ continuing professional development (CPD) records from 2011.
The scheme, to be rolled out over the next two years, will be overseen by a new CPD Panel (CPDP) and will initially focus on auditing the records from members of the ICE Council, committees and panels. However formal auditing will be extended to the wider membership from 2011.
CPD records from a random sample of 10% of the membership will be sought and then 10% of these will then be reviewed by ICE – a 1% annual membership sample. “Council agreed (at last October’s meeting) that demonstrable CPD was important and essential for the Institution,” explained ICE vice president William Kemp.
“We should all be doing CPD anyway to comply with Rule 5 of professional conduct.” But Kemp said the ICE would be launching a major communications initiative to help clarify what is required as it was clear that there was still a huge amount of misunderstanding with the profession about precisely what constitutes CPD. “It does not mean just paying for courses,” he insisted, referring to several recent letters in NCE on the subject (Letters 13.11.08).
“You can do all of it under your own steam - provided you have a plan.” Kemp said that although failure to maintain CPD was a breach of the professional conduct rules, he insisted that for the first two years the emphasis of the CPDP will be on assisting members rather than pursuing actions against noncompliance.