“How can assessment of competence, performance and patient outcomes contribute to the development and implementation of competency-based continuing professional development?”
More than 140 representatives from all areas of health care came together to help answer that question at the 2nd Invitational Summit on Competency-Based Continuing Professional Development. Participants identified six considerations that they feel are important for the development of a competency-based continuing professional development (CB-CPD) model.
See their list below and tell us if you agree by taking our short poll.
Creating a CB-CPD model: Important considerations
This list of considerations was identified by summit participants as being important for the development of a CB-CPD model that would be practical and relevant to all areas of specialty practice:
- Assessment must be patient-focused.
- Assessment strategies (including the process, tools, data and feedback mechanisms) must be supported and enabled by all organizations that physicians interface with in practice, and align with competency frameworks that focus on individual and collective competence.
- Assessment “for learning” must align performance data with continuous quality improvement of practice.
- Assessment must ultimately achieve meaningful impacts on the quality and outcomes of health care.
- Assessment that is contextually relevant and societally responsive requires all stakeholders to contribute to a change in culture.
- Assessment in practice must promote continuous improvement and the pursuit of excellence.
How important are these considerations to you?
Let us know your level of agreement with the top considerations that were identified by the summit participants as being important.
Competency-based CPD: Our next steps
Over the next several months these considerations will contribute to
- developing and validating a vision for CB-CPD.
- developing a CB-CPD model that aligns with our Competence by Design initiative.
- designing a program of assessment that describes the data specialists will need to
- assess their individual competence,
- assess the collective competence of their group or team, and
- drive performance to continuously enhance the quality of patient care.
- determining the educational support strategies needed to implement a CB-CPD model that is specialty and practice specific.
- creating a National Advisory Committee on CB-CPD with members from across all areas of specialty medicine, continuing professional development and health care.
A smooth transition to a competency-based continuing professional development model will require careful consideration, coordination and collaboration. We will continually share information and seek guidance and feedback from you throughout the design and development phase. We want to ensure that we move forward with a new CPD model that meets the needs and expectations of each specialty and the public.
For more information about our approach to competency-based education, please visit www.royalcollege.ca/rcsite/cbd/cbd-tools-resources-e or email us at email@example.com.