This must include 20 hours of participatory learning. You must maintain accurate and verifiable records of the CPD you have undertaken.
The RCN has produced a joint position statement on CPD for guidance.
When deciding how to spend your CPD hours you could look for an RCN Accredited event/course. All accredited programmes are subjected to a rigorous quality assessment process to ensure they meet the RCN’s standards of excellence. As a delegate on an RCN accredited programme, you can guarantee that the content has gained the RCN seal of approval for health care training and will promote best practice and lead to improved patient care. You can browse accredited events, resources and courses here. When you attend an accredited programme, you will receive an RCN certificate and a model for structured reflection. These can be used as evidence of continuing professional development for your revalidation.
Mandatory training that is not directly related to your practice (for example, fire training or health and safety training) cannot be included as part of your CPD. However, if you undertake mandatory training that is necessary to your scope of practice and professional development, such as training on equality legislation if you are in a policy role, or safeguarding when working with vulnerable groups, you could include that.
Participatory learning is a learning activity undertaken with one or more professionals where you personally interact with other people. The learning activity does not always need to be in a shared physical environment, it could be in a virtual environment, such as an online discussion group or a professional Twitter discussion. The professionals you engage with through participatory learning do not have to be health care professionals.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has provided some examples of CPD activities and the types of evidence you could keep.