1. Professional development is changing, right?
Yes, it’s a result of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) taking over the regulation of social workers in England from the General Social Care Council (GSCC) as of 1 August. As part of the change, the GSCC’s post-registration training and learning (PRTL) system will be replaced by the HCPC’s continuing professional development (CPD) approach.
2. What does the switchover from PRTL to CPD mean?
It’s not just a change of acronym. At the moment social workers in England must demonstrate they’ve done at least 90 hours of professional development in order to re-register every three years. The HCPC still wants social workers to record their learning activities, but it doesn’t require them to complete a fixed number of hours. Instead, the incoming regulator is more interested in how learning activities have improved social workers’ skills and helped service users (see below).