Continuing Professional Development
Under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (HPCA Act), the Medicines Act and other legislation Registered Dietitians are obligated to maintain and enhance their competence as Registered Health Professionals.
The Dietitians Board provides a Continuing Competence Programme (MyCCP) for dietitians which is funded from Annual Practising Certificate revenue to enable them to meet the annual recertification requirements by providing a formalised procedure for Dietitians to demonstrate their participation in professional development activities.
The programme enables Dietitians to maintain and enhance their practice by:
- ensuring their involvement in a range of continuing education activities directed at enhancing practice standards throughout their professional careers, so that dietetic practice and client care is of the highest quality.
- demonstrating to clients, peers, government bodies and the community that they are committed to quality improvement in their work.
- developing an approach that supports improvement of professional performance by encouraging review, reflection and evaluation of practice.
- committing to lifelong learning.
The Dietitians Board MyCCP online platform is accessible to all Registered Dietitians through the Practitioner Portal.
This programme is compulsory for all practising Dietitians, including those who work part time, full time, in a locum position and in paid or voluntary roles.
Continuing competence is achieved by a commitment to learning and integration of new skills and knowledge into practise. Effective quality learning encourages the intellectual, emotional and social growth of learners over time. Four dimensions establish the essential elements of quality learning. These are:
- Constant acquisition and maintenance of knowledge, skills and attitudes.
- An understanding at a conceptual level.
- An understanding of the legal, ethical and social implications of dietetic practice.
- A lifelong process.
For a Continuing Competence Programme to be effective, these elements must be incorporated into the learning activities chosen by the individual. Practitioners then need to actively apply what they have learned into their practice.
Practitioners are required to engage in Continuing Education, Peer and Practice Review and Cultural Development activities.
Audit of a practitioners engagement in the Continuing Competence Programme
Each year ~20% of practitioners are randomly called for audit. The audit is the process by which the Board monitors compliance of practitioners to the Continuing Competence Programme.
The audit is not a form of performance appraisal or a measure of their competence.
Practitioners are not required to provide any additional work or evidence for an audit – they simply need to submit their completed annual requirements for recertification and demonstrate their engagement in professional development that maintains and enhances their dietetic practice. Information about the audit process can be found in the Practitioner Portal under Audit on MyCCP.
MyCCP 2021-2022 Relief
Optional one-off Extension
The Dietitians Board has offered an optional one-off extension to the completion date for 2021-2022 MyCCP activities and records, this is now 30 June 2022.
This one-off extension applies to all Dietitians engaged in the MyCCP programme. The extension recognises the impact COVID-19 is having on Dietitians professional and personal lives.
Minimum annual MyCCP credit requirements (15 credits) apply to the 2021-2022 MyCCP year and 2022-2023 MyCCP year.
Dietitians may still upload all their MyCCP records on or before 31 March 2022.
All Dietitians will be able to access their 2022-2023 MyCCP records from 1 April 2022.
Audit processes for 2021-2022 MyCCP records have been adjusted to exclude all Dietitians in the Auckland region except for Dietitians who are required to have a MyCCP audit. Auckland region boundaries are in line with the government’s 2021 Alert Level 3 boundary.
The Board is mindful of the challenges COVID-19 continues to create for all Dietitians. Additional resources have been prepared to help Dietitians include COVID-19 related learning in their 2021-2022 MyCCP plan and undertake Cultural Development activities in the current environment.
Please note two deadlines remain unchanged:
- APC renewal by 31 March 2022 – MyCCP credit requirements waived; Supervisor confirmation of reasonable progress with MyCCP activities required.
- Completion of Dietitians Prescribers Quizz on Moodle by 31 March 2022.