Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

What is Continuing Professional Development?

Continuing Professional Development or CPD for short is an annual number of hours that medical practitioners must spend on learning and developing their skills.

There are currently hundreds of UK regulatory authorities that require all active members to spend a certain amount of time developing their skills in order to maintain professional credentials.

The standard CPD time for most UK regulatory bodies is 30 hours a year with 15 of these hours spent “learning with others”.

Under regulatory guidelines there are several forms of learning and development which count as learning with others, these include:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Group meetings
  • Structured training courses
  • Tutorials

All of our CPD courses count towards your required yearly learning with others time.

To stay an active member of a regulatory body, practitioners must prove they have undergone the required amount of CPD every year by maintaining a CPD portfolio.

Each year you must submit a CPD annual summary form that lists all the hours you have spent on various CPD activities. All activities must be relevant to your professional work and you should include supporting evidence that you have completed these activities listed.

If you don’t complete your required yearly CPD then you’ll be removed from any professional register and lose your credentials.


What are the Benefits of CPD?

There are numerous benefits of continuing professional development, both for yourself and for your patients. As much as an inconvenience it can be, CPD can really help you improve your knowledge and further your career.

Benefits for Patients

  • Improvement in the quality of care provided to patients
  • More confidence in the practitioner’s skills and abilities


Benefits for Practitioners

  • An opportunity to plan your future career and development
  • Development of new knowledge and skills
  • Improved relationships with colleagues and other professionals
  • Greater awareness of developments in the medical profession
  • Increased job satisfaction


Why is CPD Important?

Continuing Professional Development is undertaken with the aim of maintaining and enhancing a practitioner’s skills.

It is a pathway for future development and career progression, CPD is about dedicating time to look at where you are in your career and where you want to be.

Without CPD practitioners would not be able to spend time improving their knowledge and skills. Not only would this affect patients receiving treatment but it would also affect the medical profession as a whole.


Our CPD Courses

Here at Functional Fascia we offer a broad range of CPD courses ranging from short 1 day classes to our 10 day masterclass. Our short courses offer excellent value for money while still covering important in-depth concepts for only a fraction of the cost.

Our masterclasses, on the other hand, offers plenty of time in the workshop to dissect and examine full bodies with a world renown tissue expert, Julian Baker.

To find out which course is best suited for you, check our index below.


CPD for Chiropractors

Chiropractors spend most of their time working with the musculoskeletal system. This includes using their hands to treat the disorders of bones, muscles, and joints.

There’s no better way to further your career as a Chiropractor than undertaking one of our human dissection classes. Not only will you learn about the skin and superficial fascia of the body, but you’ll also explore individual muscles and the spinal cord on our detailed 5 day course.


CPD for Massage Therapists

Massage therapists primary work is using their hands to treat and prevent muscle disorders that could affect a patient’s mobility if left untreated.

Massage therapists are very hands on in their work, just like our hands-on dissection courses! Available over a range of 1 to 10 days, our courses provide in-depth step by step dissections that allow you to see all the inner workings of the human body.


CPD for Sports Massage Therapists

Sports massage therapists work closely with athletes to diagnose, treat, and prevent any muscle or mobility-related injuries.

When dealing with professional athletes, it’s important to up your game and understand how different muscles and joints work within the body. Since you spend all day massaging and stretching muscles without actually seeing what’s going on, it would make sense to take a closer look. If you want to give your clients the best treatment available, then why not improve your knowledge with our 10 day masterclass course.


CPD for Physiotherapists

Physiotherapists work closely with patients to help restore movement and function in muscles & joints when someone is affected by injury or disability.

If you want to explore the inner workings of muscles and joints far better than what you’ll ever read in a book, then our human dissection courses are for you. Covering a range of topics from muscle tissue to deep fascia, our 5 day course will give you a new insight into the muscles you touch every day.


CPD for Osteopaths

Osteopaths put a lot of time into detecting, treating and preventing health problems by moving, stretching and massaging a person’s muscles and joints.

Although there is a lot that can be learned about osteopathy by getting stuck in and practising, if you want to understand the body fully, you need to go deeper. By examining the individual muscles and joints, an Osteopath can gain a much better understanding than reading a book. If you truly want to understand the inner workings of the human body then our 10 day masterclass covers everything you’ll ever need to know.


CPD for Craniosacral Therapists

Craniosacral therapists help restore mind, body and spirit by gently touching areas of your body to soothe and promote relaxation.


To further your knowledge of skin tissue and sensitive areas of the body, taking a look under the hood is an excellent way to explore the inner workings of the human body. For cost efficient courses that focus on a particular area of the body, we recommend our 1 & 2 day courses which offer the same in-depth dissection for only a fraction of the price.