Categorising your CPD evidence into the HCPC 3 standards (Blog 3)

In this blog we are going to concentrate on providing the evidence that we have met each of the HCPC standards every month since October 2013. Once this has been completed we don’t need to go back and do it again so it’s a job ticked off our To Do List and a year ahead of time. I confess that doesn’t happen to me often.
The hardest work is behind you now; you have located your supervision records and identified your significant areas of C.P.D. (Continuing Professional Development).
I must admit I feel a little bit calmer myself. I have identified what I have been doing over the last year, and have another year before I may be asked to send it. I hope you are feeling the same? I have some very positive comments from people so thanks for those and please make contact if you have not already done so to RIG Healthcare marketing team.

If you have an appraisal coming up you may want to include some of the evidence in your appraisal? When I created my appraisal I added a section which is labelled:

 ‘Reflecting on the previous year’s supervision records, my 6 main areas of learning relevant to my practice have been..’

This ensures that we have an opportunity to reflect in depth and detail about the previous year’s activities. We also double check we have all our supervision records present and correct, with relevant reflections on the areas of learning relevant to practice. We are forever taken aback about all the things we have achieved and it’s always an opportunity for celebration and affirmation of a job well done!  

I am sure you will have found something you have forgotten that you did after collating all your activities over the last year. Imagine what you could have forgotten if you were doing this in the heat of a request by the HCPC to audit your evidence, trying to think back over two whole years worth of work, scary isn’t it?

Remember we said this is not all about looking backwards it’s also about forward planning for the following year. Well to be honest I make this task easier for myself as after every monthly supervision session that I carry out, I write up the action plan for the following month. I identify which piece of action fits into each HCPC standard. When we come to the annual appraisal I cut and paste all the action plans that meet the first two standards into the section above.

Also in my appraisal document I have a section which is labelled:

 ‘I have improved the quality of the service and service delivery that I provide to service users over the past twelve months (HCPC Standard 3) by...’

 in which I do the same. It is vital to clearly identify what YOU have done, as one of the reasons cited as failing the audit is the repeated use of the word ‘we’ describing what the organisation or department have achieved.

Finally I have a section in my appraisal document:

‘The benefits for service users accessing occupational therapy (HCPC Standard 4) are evidenced by..’

This ensures you have real evidence and are not just reeling off your job description.

Its over to you now, you can either use different coloured highlighter pens to represent the different standards and work down your list, or you can use the categories I have suggested and cut and paste them in.  Sometimes you have to think hard about which category they best fit into, you may be able to do this in supervision or in discussion with some of your peers.

Good luck and looking forward to hearing from you.


Margaret Spencer MA Consultant Occupational Therapist & Senior Lecturer    LinkedIn Profile /

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A note from the author:

My blogs are a culmination of over thirty years experience  working in Occupational Therapy, including material from my books and conference presentations.

They answer the real queries and questions that 100's of undergraduate  and post graduate students, qualified OT's and managers, that I have had the privilege to work with and supervise continue to asked me.



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