CORU

CORU is Ireland's multi-profession health and social care regulator. The council was appointed in 2007 under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005.

The role of CORU is to: “Protect the public by promoting high standards of professional conduct, education, training, and competence through statutory registration of health and social care professionals.”

CORU defines CPD as: “The means by which health and social care professionals maintain and improve their knowledge, skills and competence and develop the professional and personal qualities required throughout their professional life. CPD is an important component in the continued provision of safe and effective services for the benefit of service users.”

The continuing professional development framework for registrants under the health and social care professionals act 2005 states: “One of the functions of a health and social care registration board is to give guidance and support to registrants on continuing professional development.”

Each Registration Board has a Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics and this will outline the standards, ethics and performance expected of registrants (CORU). Once the Podiatry registration board is established, the code will require registrants to take part in CPD and to maintain records of their CPD activity.

Members will take responsibility for their own professional development, identifying their own CPD needs, planning a programme of education and demonstrating reflective practice and CPD record keeping.

In Brief Registrants:

(1) Must engage in a range of CPD activities on an ongoing basis.

(2) Must complete 60 CPD credits in each 24-month cycle.

(3) Must demonstrate that their CPD activities are relevant to their professional role, mindful of current and future practice and are based on a self-directed review of their knowledge, skills, performance and personal qualities.

(4) Must maintain an up to date CPD portfolio.

(5) Are required to make an annual declaration of their compliance with the CPD standard at the time of their annual renewal of registration.

(6) Must at the request of the Registration board, submit their portfolio for periodic audits of compliance.

(7) If deemed to be Non-compliant with the boards CPD standard, a complaint to the council may be issued.

For more information on CORU, please visit their web site: www.coru.ie

Two useful publications from CORU can be downloaded here:

CPD Activity Record Diary

CPD Portfolio Template