2019 MyCPD Changes - FAQs

This page should be read in conjunction with the 2019 MyCPD Framework

1. Why has MyCPD changed?

The Medical Board of Australia (MBA) released its Professional Performance Framework (PPF) in 2017 that is focused on strengthening CPD. MyCPD is transitioning to support Fellows to meet changing regulatory requirements. MyCPD changes have also been designed to reflect the current Recertification requirements of the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ). The 2019 MyCPD framework will support all Fellows to complete CPD that is evidence based, focused on practice improvement, includes reflective elements and involves peer or self-review of performance. To read more about the MBA’s research and evidence for strengthening CPD, view the Building a Professional Performance Framework document. To read more about the MCNZ’s evidence base for recertification, view ‘Recertification – evidence to support change’.

2. How has MyCPD changed?

From 2019, the MyCPD Framework will be simplified to better align with changing regulatory requirements. The number of continuing professional development (CPD) categories will be reduced from five to three. 

  • Educational Activities (category 1)
  • Reviewing Performance (category 2)
  • Measuring Outcomes (category 3)

You will still need to attain a minimum of 100 credits to meet your annual CPD requirement. You can continue to choose which CPD activities you complete, but a maximum of 60 credits can be attained from each category. 

3. How will the changes affect me?

    Fellows practising in Australia

  1. Up until 2019 it was possible to acquire 100 CPD credits from educational activities alone, but this will no longer be possible.
  2. From 2019 it will be necessary to record at least 40 credits (approximately 14 hours) of either/both performance review and outcome measurement activities. These activities will attract three credits per hour.
  3. Most Australian Fellows already undertake activities in their daily practice that sit under the Reviewing Performance and Measuring Outcomes categories of the MyCPD Framework. However, many do not realise that these activities can be claimed as CPD or record them in MyCPD. From 2019 these activities need to be recorded.

  4. Fellows practicing in New Zealand

  5. As peer review and participation in an audit are already compulsory activities for physicians practising in New Zealand, the only change will be the restructure of MyCPD Framework categories.

4. Has the credit value for activities changed?

Yes. CPD activities in the Educational Activities category of the 2019 MyCPD Framework are worth one credit per hour, including assessed learning. CPD activities under the Reviewing Performance and Measuring Outcomes categories are worth three credits per hour.

5. What category will I claim [chosen activity]?

MyCPD is a self-reporting tool with a flexible framework, within which physicians are encouraged to confidently use their professional judgement about the categories they use to claim credits for continuing professional development activities relevant to their scope of practice. Fellows’ professional judgement on the focus of the CPD activity will be the most accurate assessment of the relevant category for an activity. The brief description for each category in the new framework comes from the final report of the Medical Board of Australia's Expert Advisory Group.

6. Can I still attain an extra credit for adding a reflective comment on a MyCPD activity?

Adding a reflective comment on an activity in MyCPD will still attract one bonus credit. 

7. How do I do activities in 'Category 2: Reviewing Performance', and 'Category 3: Measuring Outcomes' in my type of practice?

You will likely find that you are already completing activities in the normal course of your work that fall within the ‘Reviewing Performance’ or ‘Measuring Outcomes’ categories but you may not have recorded them in MyCPD prior to this.

Some of the activities listed in the MyCPD framework in categories 2 and 3 are not regular activities for those in all specialities or may be more difficult to organise for those in solo private practice, however it is likely you will be involved in quality improvement processes of some kind and this is the target of these categories. The College will continue to work with speciality societies and with those in private practice to build its bank of ideas and suggestions around potential activities in these categories.

The RACP has created Audit and Peer Review Ideas and Non Clinical Audit and Peer Review Ideas for Fellows that provide further ideas for Category 2 and 3 activities. 

If you are a supervisor of trainees, then the following may be helpful.

If you are interested in getting feedback from colleagues and/or patients then see the information on multisource feedback.

The recent ‘Rebooting CPD’ podcasts – particularly episode 2 ‘Feedback and Audit’ will provide background to the changes to CPD and includes some discussion of the kind of activities that will meet Category 2 and 3 requirements.

8. Should I complete a Professional Development Plan (PDP)?

We encourage you to complete a PDP, but it is not a compulsory requirement. It is expected to become compulsory in Australia from 2021. 

A professional development plan is a tool to help identify, plan and document learning needs. It is designed to ensure that your CPD activities are relevant to your individual needs and focused on your scope of practice. There is no prescribed form for a PDP. The MyCPD program contains a PDP feature, however if you have a development plan with your employer or you have your own version of a PDP then you can use that. Read a short tutorial on creating a PDP within the MyCPD portal.

9. What will MyCPD look like in the future?

The College understands that the Medical Board of Australia’s Professional Performance Framework (PPF) will be phased in from 2020 in Australia. From 2021, we expect further changes will be made to the MyCPD Framework in line with the regulatory changes. Instead of a credits-based system, the RACP is expected to move to an hours based CPD system. You will be required to undertake at least 50 hours of CPD activities every year. A key component of the PPF is ‘Strengthened CPD’ and will require at least 50 hours of CPD per year with a minimum of:
  • 12.5 hours of Continuing Medical Education (CME)
  • 12.5 hours of performance review activities
  • 12.5 hours of activities that measure outcomes
  • 12.5 hours made up from any/all CPD categories.

New Zealand Fellows holding vocational (specialist) registration are already required by the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) to complete at least 50 hours of CPD per year, including:

  • a minimum of 20 hours of Continuing Medical Education (CME)
  • 10 hours of peer review and
  • participation in audit of medical practice.

The Medical Board of Australia hasn’t yet released concrete criteria around the requirements from 2020, but we’ll be sure to keep Fellows up to date when they do.

10. How is the RACP helping Fellows manage this change?

The RACP’s friendly CPD team is dedicated to helping Fellows meet their CPD requirements. The team can answer your questions, take your feedback on board and provide advice.

We understand that some Fellows may need assistance finding practical templates and resources for activities that review performance and measure outcomes.

Please see the new Framework and below for a list of free resources on a range of clinical and professional topics to help you meet your CPD requirements:

11. Where can I get more support?

Our CPD team is here to help, please contact us on the details below:

Phone: 1300 697 227
Email: MyCPD@racp.edu.au

New Zealand
Phone (+64) 4 460 8122
Email: MyCPD@racp.org.nz

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