Continuing professional development in children’s nursing: identifying needs and delivering quality assured activities
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Continuing professional development in children’s nursing: identifying needs and delivering quality assured activities

Karine Anne Latter Lead for excellence in nursing practice, Nottingham Children’s Hospital, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham, England
Lesley Reilly Divisional nurse, Family Health, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham, England
Rachel Boardman Lead nurse for Nottingham Children’s Hospital and deputy divisional nurse, Family Health, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To identify the barriers in accessing and completing effective continuing professional development (CPD) that children’s nurses may experience

  • To learn about the development of a CPD framework for excellence that aimed to improve access to quality assured CPD for children’s nurses

  • To recognise the importance of measuring the effect and quality of CPD activities

Continuing professional development (CPD) for nurses is intrinsically linked to quality improvement, improved patient safety and outcomes, career progression, and recruitment and retention, as well as being integral to nurses’ lifelong development. However, despite these advantages, there is no framework to develop, accredit, deliver and measure the outcomes of CPD in the UK.

This article outlines the elements of a CPD framework for excellence for children’s nurses that was developed by the lead for excellence in nursing practice at Nottingham Children’s Hospital, England, in collaboration with lead educators and facilitators of CPD activities. To develop the framework, they scoped existing CPD activities and mapped the content to a quality standards framework. Each of the 39 CPD activities identified were then submitted to the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust Institute of Care Excellence for accreditation, with the aim of providing quality assurance. The framework for excellence aims to support the delivery of credentialed high-quality, evidence-based information that meets the needs of children’s nurses, with the future capability to measure learning outcomes.

Nursing Children and Young People. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2021.e1414

Peer review

This article has been subject to open peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

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Correspondence

karine.latter@nuh.nhs.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Latter KA, Reilly L, Boardman R (2021) Continuing professional development in children’s nursing: identifying needs and delivering quality assured activities. Nursing Children and Young People. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2021.e1414

Published online: 20 December 2021

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