- CPD national core group will be formed representing key health care agencies and institutions as well as communities to assume the role of reviewing and approving policies, procedures and content of CPD, including core competencies, list of CPD subjects, teachers or trainers and methods of CPD.
- CPD is an integral part of professional working life and the need for it is not dependent on career stage or status. All Institute members have responsibilities under its Rules of Conduct which CPD will assist them to fulfill; in addition members holding Chartered designation (s) are effectively required to undertake CPD and to encourage others to do the same.
- The CPD is “learning activities” where all are involved in a continuous process of improvement and enrichment. CPD is the means by which the health professionals are able to motivate and develop themselves.
- All those involved in the health care sector shall have an entitlement to equality of access to high-quality induction and continuing support and development.
- The central features of the CPD policy comprises effective auditing and identification of need and aspiration, ensuring appropriate match of provision to learning needs of the individual, reliable and explicit evaluation of the impact of provision, effective dissemination of good and successful practice to ensure that such practice is embedded and reinforced.
- The CPD provision will allow staff to develop skills and competencies progressively, allowing them to build on and reinforce skills and expertise dealt with earlier, particularly across the key areas identified in the appropriate Standards Frameworks. Standardization and accreditation of CPD services. The CPD will use a range of types of provision and providers adopting “Best Value” principles in determining these.
- The CPD system offers core set of mandatory and optional competency-related requirements for each health care category.
- Any licensed physician and health professional in the Republic of Sudan should take a minimum of credit hours or points with proof subject to verification that he/she has completed both practical and theoretical training in the subject matter.
- The CPD will have a 5 year-cycle and will start as soon as the CPD policy statement is released and structure is operational.
- Licensing and relicensing of doctors and health professionals is based on achieving the required score from Sudan Medical Council.
- A contract of service will determine the practice of the profession renewable on completing a CPD cycle for all health professional and stating clearly the responsibility of employers towards employers CPD.
- Each individual should take responsibility for planning and undertaking their own development, taking account of their own and their employer’s needs as appropriate. Development activities may take any form, as long as they result in relevant learning.
- In order to maximize learning, and to provide evidence of professional competence when required members are encouraged to record and reflect upon learning events, as and when they occur.
- The outcome of any learning event (for example, the acquisition of new or improved competence) is more important than the type of event or time taken. However, in order to ensure that members develop an awareness of the full range of learning activities in which they participate and to provide a quantifiable measure the Institute does have a voluntary (except for Chartered Scientists, for whom CPD returns are compulsory), annual CPD ‘points’ scheme.
- Under the ‘points’ scheme members are asked to undertake 35 points worth of learning per year- one point is given for one hour of informal learning, two for one hour of formal learning, and three for courses provided under the ‘endorsed training provider’ scheme. However, points only ‘count’ if the member records and reflects upon the outcomes of their learning.
- Members may use any means that is appropriate for them to record and reflect upon their CPD. The Institute provides ‘MyCPD’ for those members who wish to use it. Chartered Scientists undertaking CPD for revalidation purposes must, however, submit CPD returns in accordance with the Institute’s CSci revalidation policy.
- Members are not required to submit any details of their CPD to the Institute, unless they are applying for a membership upgrade or for Chartered Status, or in order to fulfil the requirements for the retention of Chartered Scientist status.
- The Institute will provide a range of tools, advice and services to support members with their CPD. These will include:
- A flexible online tool for members to use to plan, record and reflect upon their CPD
- A series of help sheets providing guidance on the major CPD issues
- A range of learning opportunities such as mentoring, short courses and online learning
Support for companies (for example promotional talks) wishing to encourage their employees to undertake CPD
- Responsive: Respond to the needs of the health priorities as projected by the planners of health.
- Innovative: Always pursue innovative ideas or programs or methods of implementation.
- Collaborative: To partner with other institutes or sister cpd centers in universities or private, regional or international in the various health sectors.
- Respect: Embrace both individual and organizational diversity.
- Integrity: Perform at the highest ethical standard in all its activities.