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Over two thirds (67%) of registrants value the opportunities that CPD provides in developing their careers, helping them keep up to date with recommendations and advances in clinical practice, according to recent research by the GCC.

Further, registrants noted that actively engaging in their CPD helped them keep abreast of research, information, guidance, developments in the profession, and clinical recommendations and advances. Seven in ten (70%) registrants cited meeting and communicating with other healthcare professionals and attending conferences or events as beneficial to their CPD requirement.

Penny Bance, GCC Director of Development said: “Keeping chiropractic skills and knowledge up to date through Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a requirement for all GCC registrants and essential to the reputation and development of the profession. CPD helps give patients confidence in the treatment that they receive and strengthens the reputation of chiropractic with other healthcare professionals.

“All registered chiropractors, whether practising or non-practising, are required to complete at least 30 hours of CPD each year.”

Examining barriers to CPD, registrants noted isolation and lack of networking opportunities due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the cost of some CPD activities. Finding the time for CPD was also highlighted as a challenge.

Two registrants share their experiences of CPD and outline why taking part in professional development is so important to improving patient outcomes.