Continuing Professional Development 


Ambulance professionals are actively encouraged to regularly develop themselves and keep up-to-date with the ever-changing protocols and practice guidelines. 

It's a way of learning and developing to ensure current practice and skills are both safe and effective, as well as recognising the need for additional learning to aid career development and progression.


Trying to find decent ways to undertake recognised CPD can be confusing, especially if you are new to this sort of world. 


The idea behind this page is to signpost you to different ways you can engage with CPD.

Where to start?

A big question with an easy answer. 

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) have set out 5 areas that are considered to be 'acceptable' forms of CPD.


  • Work-Based Learning

  • Professional Activities

  • Formal and Education

  • Self-Directed Learning 

  • Other

Useful links


  • Reflective Practice

  • Discussions

  • Expanding your role (Secondments etc.)

  • Journal Clubs 

  • Mentorship

  • Gaining and Learning from Expereinces


  • Being a Tutor

  • Teaching/Lecturing 

  • Organising Groups 

  • Organising and Attending Accredited Courses

  • Assessing

  • Expanding Specialist Skills (IO/Airway etc.)



  • Courses

  • Furthering your education

  • Research

  • Distance or Online Learning

  • Attending Seminars

  • Keeping Records of Development

  • Reading Articles/Journals

  • Updating Knowledge (Research etc.)

  • Reviewing Learning Materials

  • Cover Page

  • Personal Statement

  • Job Description/Overview/ Professional Information

  • Personal Information 

  • Professional Certificates 

  • CPD Certificates (e.g., Trauma Conference)

  • Associated CPD Reflections (e.g., Trauma Conf, learning)

  • Practice Reflections (e.g., PPCI/RTC)

  • Self-Learning  (again associated reflections to show development)

  • Appendix Table (Describing what form of CPD you undertook, number of pages relating to the type of CPD and what this relates to with regards to your job role/HCPC standards.)


CPD Portfolio

Obviously, the CPD you undertake, as well as the reflections you construct, will need to be sorted somewhere. 

But, a CPD folder is more than just 'where I put my certificates.'


CPD Portfolio Check List

Keeping a CPD Portfolio is vital, and helps you, later on, to look back and what you've learned or need to improve around. 

There are a few tools you can use to build this file. 

  • OneDrive (DropBox, any online storage)

  • CPDMe

  • Hardcopy 

Personally, I choose to use both OneDrive and Hardcopy format together and use CPDMe for e-learning and as a way to inform me of any upcoming events etc. (My personal opinion, CPDMe is expensive for what it is, currently.)



The HCPC has some good advice and guidance on creating your CPD Portfolio as well as what should and shouldn't be included. 

The HCPC also have a CPD Profile template available to use. 



  • Voluntary Work

  • Public Service


These are just examples and are no way telling you what you should be doing for CPD. It is just giving you food-for-thought.

[What activities count as continuing professional development?, HCPC.]

Again, a question. But, think outside the box. If you've been over to the HCPC's website for a more detailed list - you'll have some understanding of what to look for. 

The best way to start is to develop a plan or set yourself targets of what you want to achieve/improve/reflect on, how you will do that and how that relates to your job role or professional standards. 


The 'useful links' are great to get you going with stuff like this!

CPDMe is a good tool to use when looking for Professional Activities or Formal Education.


Where to look for CPD?

What materials can be used as evidence?

  • Certificates (Obviously)

  • Course Assignments

  • Appraisals or Action Plans

  • Reviews 

  • Questionaires

  • Letters of Thanks

  • Leaflets, Posters or Projects

  • Procedures

  • Evaluations

  • Reflections


This list is food-for-thought. Think out-side-the-box and be creative. It's your learning!

[What evidence of activities do I need to keep?, HCPC.]