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10 top tips from HCPC for completing your CPD profile

11 March 2016

If you’re selected to be on of the Art Therapists participating in this year's CPD audit, there is a range of guidance and information available on the HCPC website... Alternatively, you can follow their ten top tips for completing your profile.


The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration renewal period for Arts Therapists opened on Tuesday 1 March 2016  and lasts until Tuesday 31 May 2016. All registered Arts Therapists should have received a letter from the HCPC at the beginning of March with information on how to renew.


During the registration period a random sample of 2.5 per cent of the profession will also be selected to submit a continuing professional development (CPD) profile. Those selected for audit will receive a separate letter after the renewal notices are sent out.


If you’re selected to participate in the CPD audit, there is a range of guidance and information available on the HCPC website, including sample profiles, activity types and video guides.


Alternatively, follow their ten top tips for completing your profile:


1. Include a dated list of your professional development activities within the audit period - the last two years of registration. If you have any gaps of three months or more, they will need to be explained.


2. Don’t just describe your day-to-day work. Choose a range of different activities you have undertaken over the past two years (between four and six in total) and describe what you learned from each.


3. Provide good evidence for each of the activities. Reflective logs, case studies, presentations, certificates and feedback from your service users would all be relevant.


4. Remember, it is about quality not quantity - choose evidence which shows how you think you have met the standards.


5. Ensure confidentiality when including your evidence - make sure that none of your evidence or your statement includes references to named individuals.


6. Make sure that the evidence you send will back up the statements made in your profile. It should show that you have undertaken the activities you have referred to, and should also show how they have improved the quality of your work and benefited service users.


7. Be concise, but provide sufficient detail on how your learning activities had an impact on your service, and be clear about how each standard has been met.


8. Keep a personal log of your continuing professional development, so that if you move jobs or your circumstances change you will still have access to it.


9. Don’t forget that the summary of your practice history should help to show the assessors how your development activities are linked to your work.


10. The council’s approach to assessing professional development focuses on the outcome of your activities - how they have benefited you and your service users, not how many hours or points you have. It’s up to you, along with your manager, to think about what you need to do to keep up to date in your area of practice.


For more information and advice for completing your CPD profile, visit:


Full BAAT members also have access to a personal CPD record in a format that matches the requirements of the HCPC audit. The CPD record is then easily copied and pasted in a CPD profile if you are selected for audit. You can find your personal CPD record in the members area of the website here: