The BDA supports its members in the run up to the HCPC’s audit of registered dietitians.
All HCPC registrants are required to undertake CPD and maintain their portfolio. Every two years, the HCPC audit randomly selects 2.5% of registered dietitians to show how their CPD meets HCPC standards. The audit will cover CPD activities over the preceding two years. The HCPC provide useful information on this process here.
All dietitians on the HCPC register have an equal chance of selection regardless of where they are based, within Britain or overseas, or their current work situation (part-time, full-time or on maternity leave). The audit will cover the two years leading up to the audit, therefore newly qualified dietitians, or those returning from a career break, will not normally be called they have not been on the HCPC register for two years. For further information on the process, please visit the HCPC website.
If you are selected for audit you will receive a notification from the HCPC and will be asked to put together your CPD profile.
Please take a moment to ensure your contact details are up-to-date with both the HCPC and the BDA.
The HCPC defines CPD as:
A range of learning activities through which health and care professionals maintain and develop throughout their career to ensure that they retain their capacity to practice safely, effectively and legally within their evolving scope of practice. (2013)
Every dietitian should be aware that undertaking CPD is essential for their career. For help with collating your CPD portfolio to meet HCPC requirements, sample profiles can be found on the HCPC website.
The BDA has developed an online module available to all BDA members via our online learning platform, BDA Learning Zone. The Professional Development Toolkit guides you through HCPC CPD requirements and gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your participation in activities which are of a high quality and further your own dietetic practice.