The Healthcare Communications Association (HCA) has long been committed to supporting professional development, offering a range of courses and best-practice sharing to help healthcare communication professionals to develop their knowledge and skills. However, until 2022 the knowledge and skills areas to focus on, the standard to which this should be done, and the ongoing commitment needed to maintain standards, had not been agreed within healthcare communications.
As the leading professional association in healthcare communications, the HCA has now published Advancing healthcare communications: HCA CPD standards, following consultation with its members. This sets out a clear CPD framework, establishing the importance of CPD for our profession, and putting us on a par with the many other professions, such as legal, financial, and medical, that have CPD frameworks in place. Under Resources you can find the CPD Standards Framework, summaries for printing or digital viewing and a ‘lunch and learn’ side slide resource to introduce the CPD Standards to your teams. In the Videos section you can also view the presentation that launched the HCA CPD Standards in February 2022.
Certification for achieving CPD Standards
To support the implementation and recognise those whose reach and exceed these professional development standards, the HCA has also established a CPD certification. The HCA CPD Standards Certification will be awarded to healthcare communicators who reach the recommended standards annually and recipients will be eligible to display a HCA ‘certified to CPD standards’ logo on their email signature, CV, etc.
Record your CPD
To help practitioners record their CPD activity and submit for certification, the HCA has developed the MyCPD.healthcare platform as part of this website.
How to access your personal CPD Record
Whether you are an HCA member or not, you have free access to the CPD Record Platform and HCA CPD Standards Certification. But you must be registered with this website in order to access.
This intuitive platform is easy to use to record CPD achievements and delivers an automated submission for manager approval and HCA certification.
Sign In to this website as a member in the usual way. You will find MyCPD under the My Area tab
You first need to register with this site as a non-member. You can do this here
Once registered , when you Sign In to the site you will find MyCPD under the My Area tab