CNHC, the regulator for complementary healthcare, have consulted with all sectors to arrive at a standard CPD requirement across the whole industry. ISRM will now adopt this standard.
CPD is defined as ‘a range of learning activities through which professionals grow and develop throughout their careers to ensure that they retain their capacity to practise safely, effectively and legally within their evolving scope of practice’.
When working as a professional practitioner, it is important that you keep your theoretical and practical / knowledge and skills up to date in two main areas:
A minimum of 15 hours per year overall must be spent on CPD to meet the requirements. Your CPD must include activities which involve learning specifically about your own discipline(s) as well as more general learning to support your development as a practitioner. This general learning could be focused on issues such as health & safety, first aid or business development.
We recognise a wide range of activities which you can count towards your CPD. These could include, for example:
Unable to meet the requirements?
If you cannot/do not complete the number of hours required, this does not mean you will automatically lose your membership. Mitigating circumstances will be taken into account. Advice will be offered to enable you to complete your CPD, where possible, over an agreed period of time. Should it still not be possible to meet the standards, registration will lapse until such time as they are met.
Choosing relevant CPD activity
These are examples of some types of activities that you may wish to consider when planning your CPD.
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Many Soft Tissue Therapists start their careers doing Sports Massage because this is environment they are already involved in. So they may expect to have clients who are generally quite fit and healthy with a few aches, pains and minor injuries from doing sport. For this a student may think they don’t really need too much underpinning knowledge or study because it was only about the hands-on skills.
But sports people are not all young fit and healthy. Some may have more long-term chronic pain which can be quite complex to treat, perhaps involving posture, occupational stress, past injury or even medical issues. And good therapists soon find their reputation spreads beyond the sports sector with clients from all walks of life and an ever widening range of injury problems to treat. To be successful at all this a therapist really does need good knowledge and understanding.
A BTEC Level 5 qualification is equivalent to the 2nd year of a university degree and Soft Tissue Therapy training cannot be achieved with anything less than this because of the amount of knowledge and understanding that it needs.
To devote as much time as we can to the practical hands-on training in the classroom, most of the underpinning theory knowledge is taught through online written assignments. These have been very carefully developed to make it as easy as possible to learn. All questions have guidance notes with resources and references to help find the information needed.
Online Video Library
Our students have free unlimited access to our Video Library which currently has over 50 videos which are all exclusive to ISRM. Especially made for us, they cover all aspects of our qualification.
All practical techniques are taught in the classroom with supervision and guidance from highly experience tutors. These videos provide additional support to the classroom experience and do not replace any classes.