Continuing Professional Development Update

Issued 23 March 2021

Occupational Therapists Registration Board and Optical Registration Board CPD Audit Update March 2021

The Occupational Therapists Registration Board and the Optical Registration Board Continuing Professional Development (CPD) audit will continue as planned and it will commence on 01 April 2021. For registrants the Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics for their profession will continue to guide and assist them in keeping their knowledge and skills up to date. Any registrant who is selected for audit will be notified by email from the following email address: cpdaudit@coru.ie. Please ensure to check the spam/junk folders. CORU understands that due to significant additional workload, arising due to COVID-19, some registrants may be concerned about keeping up with and recording their CPD.

Registrants are reminded that new or enhanced learning can occur in practice and is not limited to formal structured learning activities. CORU’s CPD model is flexible ensuring that regardless of practice context registrants can demonstrate how they meet their Board’s requirements. The self-directed CPD model we employ allows registrants to include any learning that may support them in their professional role, including learnings from the COVID-19 pandemic.

It should also be pointed out that we do have a deferral process for CPD audits. Our deferral process makes sure, as far as possible, that although we are fair to those who cannot submit their CPD profiles; we are still maintaining our standards and being fair to those who are audited. We recognise that it may not always be possible for registrants to provide a CPD record for audit due to personal circumstance and this may be applicable to registrants making extensive efforts during the current crisis. Those granted deferral by their Registration Board will automatically be selected in the next audit.

CORU has produced two videos to support registrants in the selecting the learning activities they might undertake for their Continuing Professional Development activities. You can view the CPD video here and the Audit Guidance video can be viewed here. Registrants should refer to the CPD Guidance and CPD Support issued by their Registration Board. The CORU staff will continue to answer any queries that you may have in regards to CPD and/or deferral, please email cpd@coru.ie.

First issued July 2020, updated December 2020

Dietitians Registration Board CPD Audit

The Dietitians Registration Board Continuing Professional Development (CPD) audit will continue as planned in November 2020. CORU understands that due to significant additional workload, arising due to COVID-19, some registrants may be concerned about keeping up with and recording their CPD. For registrants their Boards’ Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics will continue to guide and assist them in keeping their knowledge and skills up to date.

Registrants are reminded that new or enhanced learning can occur in practice and is not limited to formal structured learning activities. CORU’s CPD model is flexible ensuring that regardless of practice context registrants can demonstrate how they meet their Board’s requirements. The self-directed CPD model we employ allows registrants to include any learning that may support them in their professional role, including learnings from the COVID-19 pandemic.

It should also be pointed out that we do have a deferral process for CPD audits. Our deferral process makes sure, as far as possible, that although we are fair to those who cannot submit their CPD profiles; we are still maintaining our standards and being fair to those who are audited. We recognise that it may not always be possible for registrants to provide a CPD record for audit due to personal circumstance and this may be applicable to registrants making extensive efforts during the current crisis. Those granted deferral by their Registration Board will automatically be selected in the next audit.

Registrants should refer to the CPD Guidance and CPD Support issued by their Registration Board. The CORU staff will continue to answer any queries that you may have in regards to CPD and/or deferral, please email cpd@coru.ie.

Speech and Language Therapists Registration Board CPD Audit

The Speech and Language Therapist Registration Board Continuing Professional Development (CPD) audit will continue as planned in November 2020. CORU understands that due to significant additional workload, arising due to COVID-19, some registrants may be concerned about keeping up with and recording their CPD. For registrants their Boards’ Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics will continue to guide and assist them in keeping their knowledge and skills up to date.

Registrants are reminded that new or enhanced learning can occur in practice and is not limited to formal structured learning activities. CORU’s CPD model is flexible ensuring that regardless of practice context registrants can demonstrate how they meet their Board’s requirements. The self-directed CPD model we employ allows registrants to include any learning that may support them in their professional role, including learnings from the COVID-19 pandemic.

It should also be pointed out that we do have a deferral process for CPD audits. Our deferral process makes sure, as far as possible, that although we are fair to those who cannot submit their CPD profiles; we are still maintaining our standards and being fair to those who are audited. We recognise that it may not always be possible for registrants to provide a CPD record for audit due to personal circumstance and this may be applicable to registrants making extensive efforts during the current crisis. Those granted deferral by their Registration Board will automatically be selected in the next audit.

Registrants should refer to the CPD Guidance and CPD Support issued by their Registration Board. The CORU staff will continue to answer any queries that you may have in regards to CPD and/or deferral, please email cpd@coru.ie

First issued March 2020, updated December 2020

Continuing Professional Development and COVID-19

CORU understands that due to significant additional workload, arising due to COVID-19, registrants may be concerned about keeping up with and recording their Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Registrants should continue to engage in CPD as time allows and if it is possible to do so. Audits that are schedule to take place at the end of 2020, will continue as planned, at the current time. 

We will continue to review and update the situation regarding CPD audits.