Continuing professional development
It is a requirement in the Pharmaceutical Society's Code of Ethics that pharmacists undertake continuing professional development. CPD includes continuing education (doing courses, going to workshops, reading articles etc), but takes it a step further as you have to consider what impact your learning has had. I do not have a problem with keeping up to date; I read journals, go to workshops and am doing a postgraduate diploma. What I do have a problem with is the way CPD has to be recorded. You have to complete sections on reflection, planning, action and evaluation. The Society has set up a whizzy website to help pharmacists and registered technicians with CPD, but it is just so slow. My first CPD entry took well over an hour. I am pushed for time as it is, why can't the Society treat its members like adults and just allow them to get on with their jobs.