Coaching Counts as CPD – It really does
Does coaching count as CPD?
I’m frequently asked this question and the answer is YES – coaching counts as CPD. Not only is Emerge Veterinary an accredited CPD provider, in this blog I’m going to explain how coaching, being an outcome oriented personal development activity, becomes CPD.
The RCVS is changing the way vets and vet nurses plan, undertake and reflect on their annual CPD to become more outcome oriented, focusing on quality, impact and relevance.
Research across a range of professions demonstrates that outcome focused CPD encourages reflection on learning, improved application of that learning and improvements in practice.
Effective from 27th January 2020, the RCVS has rolled out its 1CPD platform and app, a smart way to plan, capture and reflect on CPD. It produces QR codes that CPD providers can use to help you rapidly populate your CPD record. Further to that, CPD will become compulsory for all veterinary professionals from 2022.
What counts as CPD?
What hasn’t changed is the RCVS guidance on what counts as CPD. Here’s a quick overview
- Vets must maintain and develop the knowledge and skills relevant to their field of practice and competence
- CPD can be formal or informal and this may be through a self-directed learning programme.
- RCVS does not specify subjects or activities that must be covered; it is a matter for the individual to identify the most appropriate learning activities for their own circumstances
- Employers are expected to consider the CPD needs of their employees, hence internal and external activities can count.
- Any CPD that is relevant and beneficial to a veterinary surgeon’s professional life may be considered appropriate. For example, management skills, stress management, mentorship and communication skills are as important as other forms of CPD that relate directly to veterinary medicine and surgery
How does coaching count as CPD?
Being coached contributes to your personal and professional development in a way that is acceptable to the RCVS and highly beneficial to you and your employer. It’s a great way to spend some of your CPD budget!
- Coaching is goal oriented and outcome focused. Your coach will help you form a SMART goal around the topic you have chosen to work towards. See last month’s blog which explains the power of a great goal.
- Coaching uses reflective learning throughout. Your coach will help you work on a reflective learning cycle that generates insights and knowledge from previous experience and builds that learning into progress towards your goal. Have a look at December’s blog for details on the kind of reflective cycle I use here at Emerge.
- Coaching generates self-awareness. Whether through DISC personality profiling, seeking feedback or through reflection, coaching enables you work on your own behaviours, communication and development. This is a critical emotional intelligence skill and a big contributor to the development of leadership skills and teamworking.
- Coaching works on your topics of choice. Whilst the coaching process is evidence based, tried and tested, the actual topic that you work on with your coach is your own choice. My coaching clients bring topics as varied as clinical skills and developing confidence to new business start-ups and almost all can be applied to veterinary practice.
- Coaching hours add up really quickly! Whilst the time spent one-to-one with your coach might only add up to six to nine hours face to face, the work that the average coaching client undertakes on tasks between sessions can be significant. As part of a self-directed development programme, working with a coach could easily amount to 20-30 hours in a year.
- Coaching is great value and a brilliant investment. By the time you’ve accrued 20-30 hours of self-directed CPD working with a coach and added the benefits of achieving your goals – financial or otherwise, it’s very likely that the initial investment of buying coaching support will seem very reasonable by comparison.
I would say all that wouldn’t I?
Of course I would, but after investing thousands of pounds and hundreds of hours training for my coaching diploma, on my own coaching and on building Emerge Veterinary as coaching business, I’m hoping I’ve made a good case to you for investing some time and money with a coach and to start racking up those CPD hours for the RCVS.
Want to join me on your own coaching journey? Get in touch and book a free coaching exploration to record that first hour of CPD on your 2020 CPD record.