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RCVS seeks volunteers to test new CPD recording platform
The new CPD recording platform will be optimised for both mobile and web.

'One CPD’ will replace the current Professional Development Record

The RCVS is seeking volunteers to take part in the testing of its new CPD recording platform.

In a press release, the RCVS said the first stage of development of the new platform is due to finish in October. Therefore it is seeking a group of veterinary surgeons and nurses who can spend a few months in autumn trying out the new features.

Once testing is complete, the RCVS will use the feedback to improve the recording platform - currently named ‘One CPD’ - ready for its launch in 2020.

“We’re excited to open up access to this powerful, next-generation, tool we’ve been building and welcome our members into an important phase of the development process,” commented Richard Burley, RCVS chief technology officer. 


“Testing with our members will be absolutely critical in delivering the very best experience possible for all those that use ‘One CPD’ in the future. Ease of use and truly valuable functionality are key deliverables for us and both these need the feedback of our members to perfect.”


The new CPD recording platform was announced earlier this year after RCVS Council approved the roll-out of a new outcomes-based CPD model. Facilitating real-time CPD recording, it promises to be a ‘new, unified, experience’ integrating all current applications, optimised for mobile and web.

Once completed, this new capability will be mandatory for veterinary surgeons and nurses at all stages of their careers, including veterinary students and student veterinary nurses.

“The new ‘One CPD’ platform will ultimately replace the current Professional Development Record, and its use will become mandatory for recording CPD from January 2022,” explained Dr Linda Prescott-Clements, RCVS Director of education.

“In addition to setting up the testing group, we are also looking to meet with key CPD providers for veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses over the coming months to discuss our plans for outcomes-based CPD and the development of the recording platform in greater detail.”

Veterinary professionals wishing to take part in the testing and CPD providers who want to discuss the College’s CPD plans should contact Jenny Soreskog-Turp, RCVS CPD officer, on cpd@rcvs.org.uk or 020 7202 0701.

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