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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)


Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a process of self assessment, self-directed, lifelong learning that complements formal undergraduate and postgraduate education and training. It enables psychiatrists to acquire new knowledge and skills as well as to maintain and improve their standards across all areas of their practice.
The College provides two distinct programmes to support members with CPD. The first is the CPD submissions programme which is open to Members, Fellows, Affiliates and Specialist Asssociates. Programme members can use this to record their CPD activity and generate a certificate of good standing each year for use in their appraisal and revalidation. The other system is CPD Online, a continually expanding list of learning modules (online courses) and podcasts to help psychiatrists maintain their existing skills and gain certification towards their CPD submissions programme. College members can use CPD Online for up to 25 CPD submissions points. For more information on the online learning modules, visit the CPD Online website or email
You can register here to use the CPD submissions programme.

CPD guidance documents

The College has a number of policy and guidance documents to help psychiatrists use the CPD submissions programme effectively. For up to date guidance on CPD please see the College CPD policy. A step-by-step user guide is also available. The first stage of CPD is to draw up a Personal Development Plan (PDP) - further information on PDPs can be found in the links below:  

Getting in touch

You can contact the CPD Submissions team via email -
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