Continuing professional education: optimising impact on healthcare practice

Draper, Jan and Clark, Liz (2013). Continuing professional education: optimising impact on healthcare practice. In: 16th Australasian Nurse Educators Conference, 9-11 Oct 2013, Wellington, New Zealand.



Quality care is firmly at the heart of the global healthcare agenda. Supporting staff to maintain and enhance their knowledge and skills through continuing professional education (CPE) is crucial to achieving this goal. Significant resource is invested in CPE internationally, making evidence of its impact a key concern. However, although the importance of evaluating the effectiveness of CPE has long been acknowledged, little significant progress has been made, reflecting the complexity and inherent challenges involved.

In this presentation, we explore some of these challenges to demonstrating impact on practice and return on investment, and outline key factors that can influence the outcomes. We hope to provoke debate about how we, as educators, can ensure the CPE we design and deliver makes a difference to practice.

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