The Nursing and Midwifery Council will from January 2017, implement it’s new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) policy for renewal of professional licence.
The new policy which was earlier announced in February 2016, requires it’s clients to renew their License without necessarily an evidence of attending a workshop.
With the new expanded CPD programs, credit points needed for renewal of license could be earned in areas like community-based health programs, volunteerism, Research, Publishing of professional education books or journals, active membership of professional or regulatory bodies, clinical supervision and audits, provision of psychological interventions, lecturing, teaching, facilitating workshops and many other areas.
The aim of introducing the new and expanded CPD programmes is to ensure that Nurse Assistants, Nurses and Midwives remain up to date in knowledge in respect of changes in health patterns, standards of professional education and practice, health sector reforms and technological advances, the NMC said.
The expanded new program, is in accordance with section 55 (f) of Part III of the Health Professions Regulatory Bodies Act, 2013 (Act 857) which mandates the Council to among other things, “ determine and implement post-registration, continuing education and continuing professional development programmes for practitioners”.
Download the the full CPD program here: New NMC CPD Program for Nurses and Midwives in Ghana
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) refers to the process by which members of a profession maintain and improve their knowledge and skills to remain competent in their chosen profession for the benefit of themselves, their clients or patients and the wider profession.
A CPD programme represents a commitment to continuous personal and professional development in order to provide quality care and promote professional integrity for the benefit of the individual, clients or patients
and the profession.
Kobby Blay is the chief health editor at Ghanahealthnest.com. A professional practicing nurse with specialty in mental health and focus for health communications, public health, medical/documentary photography, ICT and systems perspective for health improvement.