COVID-19 and CPD

Information relating to COVID-19 and the ANZCA and FPM CPD program



This page was last updated on 21 May 2020

 

The ANZCA and FPM Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Committee and team have prepared this webpage including updates, listed resources and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to provide you with accurate and timely information.

 

CPD update (6 April) 

The ANZCA and FPM CPD committee and team continue to hold regular discussions and consider all communications from regulatory authorities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We recognise the difficulties specialists may have accessing their usual channels and methods to undertake learning and development to meet CPD requirements.
 
Whilst, at this time no confirmed changes have been made to annual or triennial CPD requirements, the following additional resources have been developed:

Our unique triennial structure, whereby there are three active trienniums, requires a considered response to ensure all CPD participants are treated fairly. The pandemic’s duration remains unknown and will impact for when any decisions regarding changes to CPD requirements may be made.
 
The Committee have considered recent responses from the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) and Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ), and will continue discussions in context to our programme.
 
We encourage all CPD participants to use the mentioned resources to update their CPD portfolio, as best they can. We appreciate the importance is not on this administrative task of recording activities but on the doing - upskilling and learning in the areas needed to provide the best patient care.
 

We will continue to support you through these challenging times, and welcome additions to the listed resources and will regularly update the FAQ’s as the pandemic evolves, please connect with the CPD Team.

 

New CPD COVID-19 Emergency response standard

A new CPD Emergency response standard COVID-19 airway management has recently been developed. It relates to airway management and essential use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
It is now available as an Emergency response activity in your CPD portfolio.
 
This standard is for an initial 12 months, with a review expected in 2021. Revisions may occur during this time in relation to the evolving pandemic.
 
We have strived to minimise paperwork, and no recognition of suitability application process is required. The recognition code to use will appear in the title, when entering this emergency response activity into your CPD portfolio.

 

Hospital departments and private practice groups are encouraged to develop education sessions that satisfy local needs, incorporating local staff, work environment and equipment. The adaptive skills needed to limit the spread of the disease have required additional education, thus, the addition of a specialised Emergency response. Please contact the CPD Team for further clarification.

 

List of key resources

This list of CPD activities has been specifically designed to collate CPD activities that can be completed online, remotely or in consideration of COVID-19. 

The ANZCA library has also created COVID-19 clinical resources, particularly Education/CPD guide with exemplar samples, included below or visit directly by clicking here.

 

Practice evaluation

CPD activity

Credits

How

Resource/Link

Cultural competency

2 credits p/h

Online modules available:

  • Explore culturally different expectations for clinical communication/behaviour.

  • Develop strategies for responding effectively when expectations differ between colleagues, patients and their family members/carers.
     

CPD handbook appendix 20 Cultural competency resources
 
Networks resources
Intercultural competency

Case discussions/ conferencing

2 credits p/h

Can be by video conference:

  • Presenting cases of interest at a small group discussion.

  • Planned discussion of at least three (3) participants (may be multi-disciplinary).

  • Purpose of reviewing the management of the patient(s) and determining the best options.
     

CPD handbook appendix 11 Case discussion/ conferencing guidelines
 
 
 

Team Training scenario 2 credits p/h

Can be completed in own work environment with usual work team:

  • Team education/training with the aim of improving patient safety or care.

ANZCA library has created COVID-19 resources Education/CPD guide, with exemplar samples such as COVID-19: 30 min LSCS drill.
 
Incident reporting/ monitoring
 
2 credits p/h

Can be recorded online via WebAIRS

  • Preparing an incident report, considering the reasons why the incident took place and actions taken.

Can also be completed through department, hospital/practice or a web-based incident reporting system.

Introductory page for COVID-19 related incidents
in WebAIRS

Knowledge and skills

CPD activity

Credits

How

Resource/Link

Learning sessions

1 credit p/h

Online learning - including podcasts and webinars:

  • Organised/ provided   by   ANZCA or   FPM, a Special Interest Group, professional medical organisation, healthcare institution, or research/ educational body.

Online resources available on the Networks platform, under personal and professional learning.
Also under Pain medicine learning, particularly for Better Pain Management.  
 
Library guides, particularly the professional development hub.
 
COVID-19 resources Education/CPD guide includes exemplar samples such as COVID-19 Lung Ultrasound Training.
 

Journal reading

1 credit p/h

Reading of peer reviewed journals independently or as part of a journal club.

ANZCA library are compiling relevant COVID-19 clinical resources, to view click here.
 

Emergency response

 

CPD activity

Credits

How

Resource/Link

COVID-19 airway management (New)

1 activity

New COVID-19 airway management standard relating to airway management and essential use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Now available in your CPD portfolio.
 
No recognition of suitability application process is required. Use the recognition code (ER-20-COVAIR-123) when claiming this activity in your CPD portfolio. 
 

CPD Emergency response standard COVID-19 airway management
 
Recognises the hospital departments and private practice groups’ workshops/ training/ education sessions being conducted to satisfy local needs.
 

Anaphylaxis

1 activity

ANZCA Networks platform
Perioperative Anaphylaxis Response Course 
Recognition code: ER-19-AN-064
 

Perioperative Anaphylaxis Response eLearning Course

Major haemorrhage

1 activity

Bloodsafe eLearning Australia
Critical bleeding 
Recognition code: ER-19-MH-016
 

Bloodsafe eLearning Australia – critical bleeding

Major haemorrhage

1 activity

Bloodsafe eLearning Australia
Postpartum Haemorrhage
Recognition code: ER-19-MH-015
 

Bloodsafe eLearning Australia – postpartum haemorrhage
 

 

FAQ - COVID-19 impact on CPD

These FAQs and resources will be updated as further information becomes available.
 

The 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) and Continuing Medical Education (CME) events are being cancelled, what else can I do to gain CPD credits?


We have generated a list of CPD activities tailored around the cancellation of events and restrictions imposed by COVID-19, please review list above or visit ANZCA library COVID-19 resources Education/CPD guide.
 
The list includes where to access online Emergency response activities, Practice evaluation activities to complete remotely and quicklinks to Knowledge and skills resources.

We will continue to update and evaluate this list to best support members and their needs. Additions/suggestions are welcomed, please email the CPD Team.

Where can I find specific content on COVID-19?


Our President sends weekly emails and the college regularly posts updates to the website see here.  In addition, the ANZCA Library has established clinical resources useful for airway management and infection control, accessible by clicking here.  For exemplar samples visit the COVID-19 resources Education/CPD guide.
 

Great, there is a new COVID-19 Emergency response (ER) standard, how does it work?

 
The college recognised the need for a new CPD Emergency response standard COVID-19 airway management.  It relates to airway management and essential use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
It is now available as an Emergency response activity in your CPD portfolio.
 
In an effort to minimise paperwork, no recognition of suitability application process is required.
The recognition code to use (ER-20-COVAIR-123) will appear when you add this activity in your CPD portfolio. 
 
Hospital departments and private practice groups are encouraged to develop education sessions that satisfy local needs, incorporating local staff, work environment and equipment. The adaptive skills needed to limit the spread of the disease have required additional education, thus, a specialised Emergency response.
 
This standard is for an initial 12 months, with a review expected in 2021. Revisions may occur during this time in relation to the evolving pandemic.
 
Please contact the CPD team if you have any further enquiries.
 

Why have I not received credits for ER COVID-19 airway management?


Emergency response activities do not accrue credits, they have their own CPD requirement - a mandated minimum of 2 per triennium for the clinical practice type. 
For non-clinical and non-interventional practice types, and/or you prefer to receive credits for time spent attending, you may claim this under Knowledge and skills activity Short courses, or Practice evaluation activity Team training if it was with your usual theatre team.  Please refer to the activity hyperlinks for more details.

What is going to happen to my CPD requirements, particularly for 2020?

 

The ANZCA and FPM CPD committee and team continue to hold regular discussions and consider all communications from regulatory authorities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We appreciate this is impacting CPD participant’s annual and triennial requirements and will continue to evaluate and support participants.
 
At this time, there are no confirmed changes to annual or triennial CPD requirements.
 
Our unique triennial structure requires a considered response, to ensure all CPD participants are treated fairly. The pandemic’s duration remains unknown and will weigh heavily on any decisions are made. We encourage CPD participants to update their CPD portfolio as best they can, during these challenging times. We will ensure we provide regular and timely updates as the pandemic evolves.
 

I’m an ANZCA Provisional fellowship trainee (PFT) how does COVID-19 affect my CPD?

 
For information that directly relates to your Training we recommend you visit the information for Trainee section of the website.
 

Extracted from COVID-19 advice to trainees (24 March 2020)
 

ANZCA requirement

Potential risk

ANZCA position

Continuing professional development (CPD) points requirement (provisional fellowship training)

Limited opportunities due to cancellation of events and lack of time/illness

ANZCA recommends that individuals undertake activities that can be completed individually (for example, journal reading).

If quarantined or isolated and well enough, trainees are encouraged to complete CPD activities.

ANZCA is producing a list of resources that may assist in the completion of CPD. This includes COVID-19 related training such as donning and doffing PPE. 
 

 
 

How can I get clarification on unique COVID-19 training or workshops that I’m doing?

 
We appreciate the clinical environment is evolving with the demands to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have completed COVID-19 specific workshops, training, courses, or changes to enhance your professional development (including facilitating) and require clarification on where to claim it under the CPD framework, please contact the CPD team or consult the list below of already clarified enquiries.
 

  • Upskilling to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

     You may consider the Practice evaluation activity -Team Training provided this is within your         usual work team. Alternatively, it may fall under Practice evaluation activity -Review of patient       care pathways.  
 

  • 2020 ASM poster presentation

     Although the 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) has been cancelled, if you had submitted       a poster presentation and had this accepted, you may still claim credits under Knowledge             and skills activity Presenting, as you have still completed the preparation and presented to a       colleague/supervisor.

 
  • Facilitating ER COVID-19 airway management sessions

     If this involves your usual theatre team, then it could fall under the Practice evaluation                   activity Team training. Alternatively, if the session was conducted as a workshop, then it will         likely fall under the Knowledge and skills activity Presenting. Please refer to both hyperlinks         for full descriptions of each activity to determine the most suitable.
 

Can’t find the answer to your query here?

 
We’re doing our best to keep you updated, and appreciate the rapid pace of information. If you can’t find your answer here, please email the CPD team at cpd@anzca.edu.au 
We’ll aim to respond to your email promptly and update the FAQ’s as the pandemic evolves.
 

  
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