CPD scheme resources

This page contains useful CPD scheme resources, including information about the CPD scheme guidelines, the CPD Diary web app and answers to frequently asked questions.

iPhone or iPad users : Important information if you use the RCPCH CPD Web App 

We are writing to let you know that the CPD Web App may be affected when Apple releases their updated operating system (iOS 11) on or after 19th September 2017.
Once the software has been released, the RCPCH and the technical providers of the CPD Diary will be performing thorough testing to ensure that the CPD Web App is continuing to work correctly.

In the meantime, if you do update to iOS 11 software on your Apple mobile device(s), we would recommend that you continue to use the CPD Web App as you currently do but please be vigilant that the entries from your mobile device are syncing correctly with the Desktop version of the Diary. 

Should you notice that any aspect of the Web App is not behaving correctly, we would be grateful if you could report this to the CPD team so that we can investigate further.
Thank you. 
0207 092 6107


CPD Scheme guidelines and supporting documents

The guidelines outline the requirements of the scheme and the College's recommendations for CPD. The RCPCH CPD Officer with the Revalidation and CPD committee review the CPD scheme guidelines every three years to ensure they are up to date and in line with current CPD policy and best practice.

RCPCH CPD Guidelines (PDF, 220 KB, 24 pages)

The At a Glance document provides a summary of the new guidelines as well as the changes between the old CPD scheme guidelines and the new guidelines. 

RCPCH CPD scheme At a Glance (PDF, 825.47 KB, 5 pages)

For answers to general CPD questions, please refer to our updated RCPCH CPD scheme FAQs document.

RCPCH CPD scheme Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 886.99 KB, 4 pages)

CPD Diary web app

The CPD Diary web app is a mobile-enhanced version of the RCPCH online CPD diary. The web app offers the most popular and frequently-used features of the full version diary in a format suitable for touch-screen devices, available ‘on the go’. The web app can also be used offline, enabling you to capture CPD information where and when you need to (and storing it for later synchronisation).

The CPD web app can be accessed via a range of mobile devices: smartphones or tablets.

Simply log in at https://cpd.rcpch.ac.uk in the normal way, using your device. You will then be prompted to select the 'mobile version' (or to continue using the full version of the diary). Save the mobile version to your device home screen to benefit from offline functions.

For more detailed guidance for using the app see the guides below:

•             Set-up guide for iOS (iPhone/iPad)  (PDF, 223MB, 12 pages)

•             Set-up guide for Android (PDF, 168MB, 12 pages)

Please see CPD Web App Frequently Asked Questions for further tips for ease of use. (PDF, 872KB, 4 pages)

Web app iOS alert

In January 2017, we informed CPD Diary Web App users of an issue which affected the Web App and prevented activities created on the App from syncing with the desktop Diary. The issue also caused the list of existing activities on the Web App to appear blank.
We are pleased to inform you that the issue has now been resolved. However, activities which are stored in the Web App on your mobile device, and which have not synced to the desktop site, will need to be copied from the Web App and pasted into an email to prevent loss of this data. You will then need to copy and paste the details into new activity entries on the desktop Diary via your PC/Mac.

Once all un-synced data has been copied out of the Web App, the defective Web App icon saved to your device should be deleted and a new Web App icon should be saved.

Activities logged in the defective icon cannot be recovered and therefore the instructions must be followed in order to prevent loss of data. 

Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused by this. 
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this, please contact the CPD Team at cpd@rcpch.ac.uk or telephone 0207 092 6107. 

 CPD Diary desk top user guide

This user guide outlines all the useful functionalities in a screenshot view for the latest version of the desktop version of the CPD Diary. You can click items in the table of contents to move to the desired page.

Online CPD Diary user guide (PDF, 2 MB, 24 pages)

CPD Diary upgrade

Recent updates to the online CPD Diary were made live in April 2016 following feedback from members and changes to the CPD scheme guidelines. An overview of the changes is below.

To access the latest upgraded software, users of the web app should delete the saved homescreen icon from their mobile device and clear any browsing/history cache before reloading the web app and saving it as an icon to their home screen. Users of the desktop CPD Diary should clear any browsing/history cache before accessing the site at https://cpd.rcpch.ac.uk

1) Simplified CPD categories of Clinical and Non clinical.

Categories of Professional and Academic are no longer available in the Diary. Existing activities mapped to these categories have been remapped to Non Clinical for you.

2) Single reflection field and improved prompts

Existing reflection fields caused confusion and duplication of information. As a result we have reduced the 3 reflection fields down to 1 in both activity and reflective note records. Existing data has been remapped into the single field for you and more useful prompts to help structure your reflections are included – these are only guides though, not mandatory questions.

3)  Improved recurring activities

You are now able to select how many times you want to repeat an activity to support recording of daily, weekly or monthly CPD activities such as grand rounds. The activities will repeat but you must still review credits for each activity independently, as learning will be different on each occasion. The duplicate function is also still available for one-off repeated activities.

Recurrence tips and examples (PDF, 593.37KB, 4 pages)

4) Removal of mandatory CPD credits fields

As we have removed the CPD credits requirement, members do not have to select CPD credits for their activities to review them. We would however recommend that all activities have reflection added to ensure learning is captured.

5) Reminder prompts to record activities

To help you remember to keep your activities up to date, and to reflect on learning and its impact on practice, you can choose to set reminders to a) log CPD activities generally and/or b) go back to specific activities and update your reflections.

6) Link between reflective notes and PDP objectives

It has always been possible to link CPD activity records to PDP objectives recorded in the CPD Diary. You can now link reflective notes to PDP objectives too.

7) Revalidation domains report added to web app

This report is now available to access from the web app as well as from your desktop CPD Diary.

8) Emergency save of items to avoid loss of data

To avoid loss of data due to e.g. lost Wi-Fi or broadband connections, the site will now auto save your record each time you finish typing information before you use the manual Save button.  The system creates a draft of the item on whatever device the user has created it on. The user can then find the 'incomplete' item and complete editing before manually saving the activity. The emergency save should not be relied upon to replace manual saving of items as auto saved items will always appear as incomplete until manually saved. Also note that incomplete items cannot synch between desktop and web app, until manually saved.

Updating the CPD Web App on your device

To access the latest upgraded software, users of the web app should delete the saved homescreen icon from their mobile device and clear any browsing/history cache before reloading the web app and saving it as an icon to their home screen. Users of the desktop CPD Diary should clear any browsing/history cache before accessing the site at https://cpd.rcpch.ac.uk

Are you interested in participating in a CPD activity?

Visit the events and courses section or return to the CPD home page for more information.