Continuing professional development (CPD) is a mandatory requirement for chiropractors to re-register annually with the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) . Chiropractors are required to undertake a minimum of 30 hours of documented self-directed learning per annum, half of which must involve interaction with colleagues. Failure to undergo CPD and comply with CPD requirements could lead to removal from the register.
The College of Chiropractors is a cross-professional body which provides support to chiropractors after initial qualification. It runs a programme for new graduates to enable them to make the transition into practice as well as offering various CPD programmes. The College also seeks to improve the quality of professional practice through such initiatives as the Patient Partnership Quality Mark and the Clinical Management Quality Mark. The College of Chiropractors and the recognised education providers offer courses that enable chiropractors to develop an area of particular interest. See the McTimoney College of Chiropractic , the Anglo European College of Chiropractic (AECC) and The Welsh Institute of Chiropractic for details.
CPD seminars, conferences and professional journals are also organised by the four chiropractic associations - the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) , the McTimoney Chiropractic Association (MCA) , the Scottish Chiropractic Association (SCA) and the United Chiropractic Association (UCA) .
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