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The new CPD framework

New for 2019, the College has redeveloped and enhanced our professional development (CPD) framework – and we have a brand new ePortfolio to support it.

This change will affect all doctors who use the College’s CPD programme, and also your appraisers.

CPD Programme Framework
CPD ePortfolio Getting Started guide [PDF]

A quick introduction to your new ePortfolio (1MB)

What has changed?

The College’s CPD framework has been updated (PDF, 1MB) to support the recommendations of the RCOG report, Becoming Tomorrow’s Specialist. It also reflects the feedback we have received from you about the current CPD programme, and contains many of the improvements you have requested.

This new framework is more open and less prescriptive than the last – it allows you to record any learning that you feel is relevant to your professional development, and you can tailor the programme to meet your requirements. It can now cover your entire role – not just the clinical elements, but also your non-clinical wider professional skills. And it has been designed to reflect the most recent insights into successful learning and development.

It is simpler, too – you will no longer use ‘cycles’, with arbitrary start and end dates. Instead, you will be able to generate reports on any period you choose, and filter those reports to only show the information you require.

All of these changes in the programme mean there is also a brand new ePortfolio to support it. This is a brand new, dedicated website for CPD – and it should be much quicker and easier to use, at a desk, on a tablet, and on your phone.

We have a page of CPD FAQs, including information about the best way to move from the older framework to the new one.

Quick reference guides to the new ePortfolio


When will you be able to use the new programme?

  • The ePortfolio is available to use now, if you wish to move across
  • However, we recommend that you time your move from the old to the new ePortfolio in conjunction with your appraisal. This will help you to tailor the new programme to your needs
  • Because we want you to move to the new system when the time is right, the old CPD ePortfolio will also remain active, at least for the time being. And we will soon introduce a tool that will allow you to download the entire contents of the ePortfolio for your own records
  • Your current username and password will work on both the old and new ePortfolios