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Physician Associate Portfolios and CPD

From April 2024, in order to to remain on the Physician Associate Managed Voluntary Register (PAMVR), which is mandatory for all our PAs at the Trust,  PAs need to use the Faculty of Physician Associates (FPA) ePortfolio to fulfil CPD requirements.


The below guidance is taken from the Faculty of Physician Associate guidance published March 2024. As the PA profession goes through the process of regulation, we are doing our best to keep up to date with changes in guidance. However, we recommend that you regularly check the FPA and GMC websites for updates to the below guidance. 

CPD Breakdown

  • The CPD year runs from the 1st April to the 31st March the following calendar year. 

  • For every 1-hour of educational learning/activity, 1 CPD credit can be claimed. If the activity covers part of an hour (e.g. 45 minute lecture or 90 minute training course) then this should be rounded to the nearest whole hour. 

  • For accredited postgraduate courses, such as an MSc or PGCert, a maximum of 12 CPD credits can be recorded and only within one CPD year.

Specialty Area Requirements

As a generalist profession, PAs are required to demonstrate, within their recorded CPD, that they are up to date across the 18 areas identified within the Core Clinical Practice Curriculum (CCPC). These areas are broken down in more detail in the PA Content Map. 

PAs must log CPD against all of the 18 areas and ensure that a wide breath of conditions are covered. 

1. Acute and emergency (inc. toxicology). 

2. Cardiovascular 

3. Child and adolescent health

4. Clinical haematology

5. Dermatology

6. Ear, nose and throat

7. Ophthalmology

8. Obstetrics and gynaecology

9. Endocrine and metabolic

10. Gastrointestinal 

11. Infection (inc. sexually transmitted infections)

12. Mental health

13. Musculoskeletal

14. Neurosciences

15. Renal and urology

16. Respiratory 

17. Surgery

18. Palliative and end of life care

If a particular activity has overlap between the above areas, PAs should select the predominant area when logging the CPD for the activity. 

Examples of CPD

 Find brief descriptions below of some of the educational activity that could be used as evidence of CPD:  

  • Exams - Any additional exams sat as well as any attended as an examiner. 

  • Reflections - evidence of reflective practice across the year. Written reflections, no more than 1,000 words, detailing different examples of situations encountered which help identify strengths and development areas. Each reflection should ideally include: 

    • A description of the situation and background. ​

    • A discussion of feelings during and after the event. 

    • An evaluation of how things went and the positives and negatives. 

    • An analysis of what helped and hindered - bringing in any theory and literature where appropriate. 

    • A conclusion, summarising what was learnt. 

    • An action plan detailing what could be different going forward, if anything, and any future learning identified. 

  • Procedure and Surgical Log - a record of procedures carried out and any theatre time completed. This could include the dates, descriptions of the procedure and outlines of involvement. 

  • Feedback - all healthcare professionals should gather external feedback on their performance in order to get a develop an understanding of how their work fits into the wider healthcare environment. This should take the form of, multisource feedback​, from colleagues and patient feedback. Any compliments and complaints received should also be logged. 

  • Quality Improvement - any involvement in quality improvement work or audits, including the outcomes/results.  

  • Teaching and Presentations - log of any teaching attended as well as delivered. If delivering the teaching,  use evaluation forms to collect feedback from the audience.

  • Research and Publications - record any evidence of research projects or publications completed. 

  • Clinical Leadership - include any evidence of clinical leadership and management activities you might have undertaken. This could include leadership teaching or courses. 

  • Additional Achievements - any professional awards/prizes won or shortlisted for. Evidence of additional qualifications gained such as diplomas etc. 

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