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Principles of CPD

Information about the module

This module introduces some key ideas and concepts underpinning continuing professional development (CPD) in the health professions. We’ll consider why it’s difficult to define CPD, explore the evidence-base informing what’s currently considered ‘best practice’ in CPD design and delivery, and take a look at the state of the field in broad terms, including key issues and current global trends in CPD education. 

The overall aim of this module is to enable you to describe the key principles underpinning the practice of CPD, relate them to your own setting and environment, and consider how you could use them to improve your practice. 

Module Pricing

Full £100
Member £80
LWR £50


10 Hours/3 months



Delivery Format


Module Details

What will be covered: The content is organised into four short units, covering the definition and theoretical foundations of CPD, understanding and supporting CPD learners and topical issues in CPD. Each unit uses a blend of activities, including video, audio, reading, practical and reflective activities and quizzes. 


Who it’s for: This module is aimed at practitioners with a responsibility for design, delivery, assessment or recognition of CPD activities for health professionals but is likely to be of interest to a wide range of professionals with an interest or involvement in CPD. 


Delivery format: This is a self-paced module, and we estimate that it will take the average learner around ten hours to complete the module.  There is no minimum time requirement; you can spend as much or as little time as you need to understand the key concepts.  


What’s included in the registration fee: You’ll get full access to your module for three months from the start of your enrolment which includes all of the course content, a bank of additional readings and resources, and the option to submit an end-of-module assessment if you wish to receive a certificate of participation. 


Although the course is designed to be self-paced and self-directed, you will have access to learning support and the opportunity to learn from and with colleagues around the world via the course forums. You will also be invited to join our exclusive programme of live teaching sessions for the duration of your enrolment. These cover a range of topics and provide the opportunity to meet and interact with tutors and other course participants. You can access technical support by email for the duration of your enrolment. 


Taking it further: This module forms part of a course. Studying a series of six modules and submitting an end-of-course assessment will qualify you to receive an AMEE Essential Skills in CPD for the Health Professions Certificate. You will need to complete and submit the end-of-module activity for this module as a pre-requisite to submitting work for assessment as part of our Certificate programme. 

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