Lifelong Learning: CPD – What you need to know

Launched in August 2018, the Lifelong Learning platform currently comprises the anaesthetists in training e-Portfolio and clinical Logbook. CPD functionality will be integrated into the platform during 2019 to deliver a fully joined-up system, supporting members throughout their careers and helping meet their needs for revalidation. It is planned for this new functionality to go live in June.

A number of enhancements are being developed in response to member feedback. These will allow CPD Learners to be able to link activities and events to the Good Medical Practice Domains. There will be a more intuitive way for recording CPD skills. It will be possible to add ‘real time’ reflections whilst attending a CPD-approved event. CPD Learners will also have full access to the Logbook. A PDF report of the CPD Learner’s completed CPD activities plus reflections will continue to be available to evidence this supporting information requirement.

The Lifelong Learning platform will continue to link to events which have been approved for CPD whilst an online application form will remain available for event providers seeking approval.

If you are a current user of the CPD Online Diary you will be emailed when the Lifelong Learning platform is ready for use. This will be sent to the email address that you currently have in the CPD Online Diary. Anaesthetists in training using the Lifelong Learning platform will receive a prompt via the system when they are eligible to use CPD features.

As has been the case with the e-Portfolio, historic records from the CPD Online Diary will not be migrated into the Lifelong Learning platform. However both systems will run in parallel for 12 months from launch to assist users in downloading their documents which in many cases will be just the CPD activity report.

We are currently looking for members to get involved in user acceptance testing of the new CPD functionality, particularly those members who already have an account with the Lifelong Learning platform. For further information or if you are willing to get involved please contact cpd@rcoa.ac.uk.