The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) recently launched the new Quality Improvement and Continuing Professional Development (QI&CPD) Program for the 2017–19 triennium.
The RACGP supports general practitioners (GPs) to provide the best possible care for patients and their communities. The QI&CPD Program recognises the need for ongoing education to improve the quality of everyday clinical practice by promoting the development and maintenance of general practice skills and lifelong learning.
The QI&CPD Program has been developed for the Australian general practice setting to:
- provide GPs with opportunities to improve patient safety and quality outcomes
- support continuous Quality Improvement (QI) within the general practice setting
- enable GPs to fulfil their individual and vocational CPD requirements
The RACGP QI&CPD minimum requirements are:
A part of the RACGP’s commitment to continually evaluate and improve the QI&CPD Program, the 2017–19 triennium will include an increased focus on reflective learning practices.
To promote reflective learning practice in continuing professional education, the RACGP is introducing the planning learning and need (PLAN) Category 1 Quality Improvement (QI) activity.
The new mandatory PLAN QI activity
The new PLAN activity enables GPs to self-identify priority areas of general practice learning needs in accordance with their personal, patients and community needs. The PLAN activity is mandatory in the 2017–19 triennium and can only be completed online through the myRACGP web page by to navigating to myCPD, available January 2017.
The PLAN activity will further support GPs on their educational journey, providing improved capacity to structure ongoing learning for their professional aspirations and the services required to meet the evolving needs of their patients and the community.
QI&CPD 2017–19 PLAN video
To find out more about the PLAN activity view the PLAN video resource by RACGP President, Dr Bastian Seidel.
QI&CPD Program participants are advised to complete the initial practice profile and self-assessment components of the PLAN activity early in the 2017–19 triennium. The reflection step needs to be submitted by 31 December 2019.
Download an example of the planning learning and need (PLAN) activity
This handbook details the range of educational options offered by the RACGP QI&CPD Program for the 2017–19 triennium. All participants are required to undertake a range of different activities from across the domains and the RACGP’s Curriculum for Australian General Practice 2016 (the Curriculum) to address their individual learning needs.
Download the 2017-19 Handbook for General Practitioners (pdf 1.52MB)