Transition to the New CPD Programme: FAQs
Drivers for change:
- RCOG’s Tomorrow’s Specialist and Becoming Tomorrow’ Specialist
- Introduction of revalidation by the GMC, which has emphasised the role of CPD
- Ensuring that both UK and International Fellows, Members and Associate have access to a high quality CPD programme that helps them maintain and develop their clinical and wider professional skills, wherever they may be practising.
Q1 Why did the RCOG decide to update the CPD programme?
A Professional development is key to providing high quality women’s health care in the UK and globally. The previous programme was highly regarded, but we needed to redesign it to support lifelong learning.
Q2 What are the principles of the new programme?
A Individuals take ownership of their professional development, planning CPD based on their role, the needs of their team and their aspirations. Another aspect is the importance of learning ‘on the job’; we wanted to ensure this is recognised, encouraged and rewarded.
We also wanted to highlight the outcome of CPD: by including actions that follow a CPD activity we can start to show that CPD has had an impact.
Moving to the new CPD ePortfolio
Benefits of the new CPD ePortfolio
Q3 I am used to my old CPD ePortfolio. Why do I need to move to the new system?
A There will be innumerable advantages when you move to the new CPD ePortfolio. The new tool:
- can be used on mobile technology
- is designed to mirror the GMC Supporting Information for Appraisal and Revalidation requirements and will reduce duplication
- can capture reflection and outcomes of CPD
- has the ability to link CPD activities to GMC domains
- can download customised output report between customised dates to align with the appraisal year
- lets you plan your learning objectives for the appraisal year
- allows you to demonstrate that your CPD activities relate to your practice and roles
When to move – The College recommends that you move to the new ePortfolio after your next appraisal
Q4 I am half-way through my CPD cycle. Do I have to move now to the new CPD ePortfolio?
A No. The College recommends that you move to the new ePortfolio soon after your next appraisal. Please bear in mind that the old CPD ePortfolio will be available until approximately January 2021. The College will provide a new and easy way to download your data from the old site for safe keeping. Also please note that doctors will no longer follow a set CPD cycle on the new site and they will be able to download a customised output report between dates of their choice that can align to their appraisal dates.
Q5 My current CPD cycle started on 1 January 2018 and will end on 31 December 2022. Can I continue using my old CPD ePortfolio until that date?
A No. The old CPD ePortfolio will be available until approximately January 2021. It will not be possible for you to complete your CPD cycle on the old system. The College recommends that you start using the new CPD ePortfolio soon after your next appraisal.
Previous CPD ePortfolio data
Q6 I have used the CPD ePortfolio for several years. Will my data be automatically transferred to the new ePortfolio?
A No. Data will not be transferred to the new eportfolio. However, you will still be able to access your old data until approximately January 2021. We will provide a new and easy way to download the old data for safe keeping.
Using your new CPD ePortfolio
Access to the new CPD ePortfolio
Q7 How do I access the new CPD ePortfolio?
A The new CPD ePortfolio is available at: https://cpd.rcog.org.uk/
You will need to log on using your RCOG website login details.
Setting up my Practice & Roles (P&R) and my Personal Learning Plan (PLP)
Q8 How do I start using my new CPD ePortfolio?
A The new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Programme is based on a learning process with four stages:
- Learning event
Please see more on this process at:
When you start using your CPD ePortfolio, you need to set up your Personal Plan. The Personal Plan is the starting point for your CPD programme and has two components:
- My Practice and Roles (P&R)
- My Personal Learning Plan (PLP)
At the beginning of your appraisal year, you will need to state in your CPD ePortfolio what your practice and roles are (P&R) and you will need to set out your learning objectives for the forthcoming year (PLP). See further information in the CPD Framework and the CPD Guidance. It is important that you do not overlook this step as when you add your Learning Events, you will need to link them to the relevant P&R and PLP. If you don’t, you will not be able to save your Learning Event as complete and your CPD credits will not be counted. Please see how to set up your P&Rs and PLPs in the ‘Getting started instructions’.
Adding a Learning Event
Q9 How do I add a Learning Event?
A Please see guidance at:
Linking my draft Learning Events to the P&R and PLP
Q10 How do I link a Learning Event to the P&R and PLP?
A Please see guidance:
Saving my Learning Events as complete
Q11 My Learning Events show as drafts, how can I change this?
A In the CPD ePortfolio homepage, please click on ‘View all Learning Events’. In the ‘View all Learning Events’ page, please click on the title of the event that appears as a draft. In the next screen, please click on ‘edit’. You will need to make sure that you have completed all the necessary steps:
Q12 What are the dates of my CPD cycle in the new CPD ePortfolio?
A The College no longer sets a CPD cycle with fixed dates. When you begin using the new CPD ePortfolio you will start on a rolling cycle and you will be able to download an output report of your Learning Events between dates of your choice.
Q13 Why are the credits for the TOG questions that I have just completed not reflecting in the credit graph?
A You will need to check if your Learning Event is saved on the system in draft form. If so, the credits will not count towards your totals. Please see FAQ on saving a draft as complete.
Q14 Is there a list of Learning Events with relating credits claimable?
A Learning Events table with number of credits claimable is available on pages 27-29 of the CPD Framework.
Output Report for Appraisal
Q15 How can I download a list of my Learning Events for appraisal?
A When on the CPD ePortfolio homepage, please scroll down the page to the bottom and click on Output Report. You will find a page with instructions on how to download the report.
The report is a printable PDF and will contain:
- Your name
- Information about the RCOG CPD programme.
- A summary of credits gained by CPD Dimension, Type of Learning Event, Personal Plan and GMC Domain.
- A list of your Learning Events and, as an option, your full reflections.