C12 - The continuing professional development (CPD) debate

Organised by the FIP Academic Pharmacy Section in collaboration with FIPEd, IPSF and YPG

Chairs

Martin Henman (School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Trinity College, Ireland) and Catriona Bradley (IIOP Irish Institute of Pharmacy, Ireland)

Introduction

Continuing professional development, as a concept, is well known to pharmacists, but there is great variation in how different CPD systems are structured across different jurisdictions.  In some countries, evidence of continuing education satisfies requirements for CPD. Others are more focused on an outcomes-based model and require evidence of impact on practice before an activity can be considered eligible as CPD. There is much debate about which is the best approach. This session aims to contribute to that debate! You will hear about two different CPD systems, one inputs-based and one outputs-based. You will be introduced to the concepts required for useful, constructive discussion and then the debates will commence! You will have the opportunity to debate or to judge two live debates relating to different aspects of CPD.  Come prepared for a lively exchange of ideas!

Programme

  1. Introduction: The concept of debate
    Martin Henman (Trinity College, Ireland)
  2. Overview of a CPD system based on outcomes
    Catriona Bradley (IIOP Irish Institute of Pharmacy, Ireland)
  3. Overview of a CPD system based on inputs
    Mike Rouse (Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education – ACPE, USA)
  4. DEBATE 1:
    An outcomes-focused CPD system is the best way of developing the patient-facing practice of pharmacy
    Facilitated by Martin Henman, Catriona Bradley and Mike Rouse
  5. DEBATE 2:
    Recertification processes are the best way of developing the patient-facing practice of pharmacy
    Facilitated by Martin Henman, Catriona Bradley and Mike Rouse
  6. Voting, debriefing, summary and closure
    Martin Henman (Trinity College, Ireland)

Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Analyse a CPD system which is inputs based and one which is outcomes focused;
  2. Compare and contrast different approaches to CPD evaluation;
  3. Identify the merits and demerits of debating as a means of exploring issues;
  4. Justify the benefits of being forced to defend a position which is counter to your own beliefs.