CPD is a continuing learning process that supports GPs to stay up to date and maintain and improve their standards across all areas of their practice and career development. CPD encourages and supports specific changes in the quality and delivery of a doctor's practice from professional, patient and service requirement perspectives.
CPD includes any educational or professional activity directed towards developing the knowledge, skills, attitudes and personal effectiveness necessary to improve practice. Professional expertise demands a continuing awareness of new concepts, values and technologies. It is important for doctors to update themselves not only on the evidence base, but also on opinion and consensus. Equally they must be aware of local needs. The ultimate aim of CPD is to support doctors to improve the care they provide to patients through their own personal development.