Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Doctor working on computerContinuing Professional Development (CPD) enables paediatricians to maintain and develop their knowledge, skills and competence for effective clinical practice.

About CPD

CPD is different from the general and specialist postgraduate medical training that precedes a career grade post. 

Whether in the NHS, universities or independent practice, CPD is relevant to all doctors in non-training career grade posts, including:

  • Consultants
  • Specialty, Associate Specialist and Staff grade doctors (SAS)
  • Trust doctors

Although not compulsory, we recommend that associate and ordinary members and fellows participate in the RCPCH CPD scheme. After trainees acquire a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT), they should consider participating in the College's CPD scheme. CPD has relevance to clinical governance and doctors must be able to demonstrate that they are undertaking and reflecting on an appropriate range of activities for appraisal and revalidation.

Register for RCPCH CPD scheme

More about RCPCH CPD scheme, including online CPD Diary, now with mobile web app

More information about career grade career development opportunities and specific guidance for consultants, SAS and Trust doctors

Education provision

We offer a portfolio of quality assured professional development opportunities - including face to face courses across the UK and e-learnings. All courses are developed and delivered by experts in their field.

We are always developing new courses - find out more and how to get involved.

You can also see links to educational tools that are supported by the College.

More about education provision

Browse our face-to-face courses

Compass - your online classroom

Compass gives you access to a portfolio of quality assured courses to support your training and professional development. 

All RCPCH members have a Compass account - sign in to your RCPCH online account to access. Non-members can register for and sign in directly on Compass. 

More about Compass and how to access your account

Go to Compass


CPD scheme and online diary


Phone: 020 7092 6107

RCPCH education provision

For information regarding e-learning, education events, projects and courses


Phone: 020 7092 6088

Career grade careers