Continuing professional development
Continuing professional development (CPD) is the educative means of updating, developing and enhancing the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to work safely and effectively as a physician associate. All physician associates are currently required to fulfil CPD requirements to remain on the Physician Associate Managed Voluntary Register (PAMVR) which is to be audited by the FPA in conjunction with the Royal College of Physicians using the CPD diary.
The Faculty of Physician Associates requires documented evidence of members CPD as an essential component of the information needed to remain on the PAMVR. This evidence is required, under membership of the FPA, to be documented in the members' RCP CPD diary. All physician associates are currently required to complete 50 hours of CPD per year. Further information can be found in the CPD guidance for physician associates below.
Please note: Updates and changes may be made to these standards from time to time. Physician associates on the MVR will be notified of these changes in reasonable time so that they are able to comply with the CPD requirements.
Update on recognition of FPA approved CPD as Type 1 CME for US trained PAs
The FPA has had a response from the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) regarding our long-standing request to them to recognise RCP-FPA approved CPD as Type 1 CME. The AAPA has explained that at the present time, the RCP’s EACCME/UEMS association does not work for type 1 CME and has recommended that US PAs working in the UK who wish to maintain NCCPA certification, obtain their CMEs via Medscape or AAPA Learning Central. As the professional body for PAs in the UK, we will keep conversation open with the AAPA on this in the hope that their position will change,making it easier for US PAs working in the UK to plan and record their CPD.
The FPA requires all physician associates to be registered with and using the CPD Diary in order for them to remain on the PAMVR.
Login to your CPD diary by visiting the website. If you are a physician associate member and do not currently have access to the CPD diary, please register online. You can use the diary to log and record your professional development - please view the CPD guidelines below.
External category CPD event accreditation
The Accreditation from the faculty of physician associates for External Category CPD Events process has recently been reviewed and updated (February 2017). This document contains information on requirements, fees and the application process. Please read this guidance document in full before completing the External Category CPD Accreditation application form.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
Organising a CPD event takes some time and effort. This said, it is an extremely rewarding thing to do and useful to put on your CV.
Events and live streaming
Look out for CPD accredited events on the RCP website - you can search for your local area and specialty. Also available are a number of RCP live-streamed events, which are available to view from the RCP's Live Streaming page. Members of the Faculty of Physician Associates and the RCP can access the members-only archive, where one can access cutting-edge educational content from leading medical experts.