There are two key things you should consider when evaluating your CPD activities:
- What have you learnt?
- How are you going to apply this new learning so that it has an impact at work?
This is what we mean by focussing on the outputs rather than the inputs of CPD. CPD recording that omits this stage is simply a list of things you have done. There may be activities that you planned that have resulted in you learning nothing new that you can apply in your professional practice. We suggest that you should remove these from your records. However, do not underestimate the importance of learning that is gained unexpectedly or has not been planned.
In some cases there may be clearly measurable benefits arising from the learning gained from particular activities, e.g. cost or time savings, which should be captured here.