CPD Protocol for Clinical Engineers - BEAI

Introduction

This Continuing Professional Development scheme was developed by the Clinical Engineering Voluntary Registration Board.

It is recommended by the BEAI that all Clinical Engineers maintain a CPD log and meet the basic requirements set out in this document.  CPD is in the interests of any professional to maintain a CPD log, it is a way of monitoring the increases in your own professional value.  At this time, there is no statutory requirement to have your CPD log reviewed.  However, it should be noted that most Health and Social Care Professions in Ireland are now recommending that CPD logs are maintained.

Continuing Professional development can be defined as:

The systematic maintenance, enhancement and development of knowledge and skill, and the development of personal qualities necessary for the execution of professional and technical duties throughout the practising engineering professionals career.
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The Planned acquisition of knowledge, experience and skills required for professional practice throughout ones working life.

CPD encompasses a large range of processes aimed at ensuring that professionals maintain and update their skills and experience in their chosen field and that they keep fully abreast of developments. CPD can comprise formal training, part-time ‘off-site’ training and other structured methods of maintaining and updating skills. It may or may not be formally examined. CPD is normally recorded officially, whether by a professional body or the professional him/herself, or both. It can be accredited by the professional body and can include a point system whereby professionals aim to accumulate a specified number of points per period of time.

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