CPD credits & groups
Credits (points) are used as an indicator of a pharmacist’s commitment to ongoing professional development and practice improvement.
Research has shown that different types of learning experiences have different results on behaviour change and improved clinical practice. PSA has therefore established a weighting system which reflects the potential value of different learning activities.
The more effective educational activities:
- Are interactive (and provide the opportunity to practise skills)
- Have multiple or sequenced interventions
- Are linked to practice and based on assessment of need, and
- Are directed at overcoming barriers to change.
The quality of the learning experience and the approach of the learner are of greater relevance to the value derived from an activity than the quantity of activity undertaken.
Allocating CPD credits
The building block approach shown below means pharmacists can be confident they are allocating CPD credits consistently.
Allocating CPD credits – reference card (100.3 KiB)
About group 3 CPD
Group 3 CPD credits are defined as ‘quality or practice improvement facilitated’ credits.
The Pharmacy Board of Australia states that Group 3 credits are obtained when ‘an assessment of existing practice (as an individual or within a pharmacy practice), and the needs and barriers to changes in this practice is undertaken prior to the development of a particular activity. As a result, the activity addresses identified learning needs with a reflection post-activity to evaluate practice change or outcomes resulting from the activity. Such an activity will likely extend over a number of weeks or months’.
Group 3 credits are allocated at the highest rate of 3 CPD credits per hour of learning activity.
Documenting group 3 CPD
PSA has developed a guide to document Group 3 CPD credits and a template for recording these. Pharmacists can use the template to assist with keeping enough evidence to demonstrate the achievement of practice improvement or change as a result of CPD activities.
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