When is the new e-portfolio going to be ready?

It has long been identified that the current e-portfolio is less than ideal but for the flexibility of the new programme it was even less suitable.  We have therefore been trying to develop a new IT system to allow your CPD to be easily uploaded and recorded and to enable you to be notified of what is required, and when.  This has taken time.

We have been working hard to ensure we keep to budget. Gaining ExC approval took longer than expected. Covid lockdown in Auckland (where our supplier is based) delayed us even further.

We hope to have something ready for CPD recording the first quarter of 2022. For those of you on the new programme, please keep a local log of all activities to enter when the system is running.  You may still send audits, patient surveys and any certificates to the College if you prefer.  If you need direction on what you are required to complete, either see the email we sent you, or email the office.

We apologise for the delay in getting this component launched.

What is the Essential Knowledge quiz, what is it for and how do we do it?

This is a quiz, recommended by MCNZ, that is to be sat by all members on a yearly basis.  It is to help cement recent MCNZ and RNZCUC policies, guidelines or statements by ensuring people have read them through.  It is an open book quiz and if you get an answer incorrect it will direct you to where the correct answer is and allow you to quickly retake.  The questions will be cycled every year to update new content.


https://rnzcuc.org.nz/quiz/essential-knowledge-quiz/ (you need to log in to the website to access this).

Can you use a 360 MSFS from another organisation?

Yes.  While we provide a paper and online version of a multisource feedback via the College, which is free, and can direct people to a suitable external provider (these will cost), if you have undertaken a 360 survey for your workplace or another institution these can be submitted.  It must include patient and colleague feedback.


Who makes up the 10 colleagues in the feedback?

We expect the 10 colleagues to be at least one doctor, one nurse and one admin person.  The practice manager should choose who gets sent the forms.  But you can use anyone you work with, so this might include radiographers, HCAs, physiotherapists or pharmacists.  If, for any reason, you are unable to assemble 10, please contact the College for alternatives.

If you perform a SAC for someone, can you claim this as CPD?

Yes.  You can claim CPD under the flexible CPD section.  You should document this interaction in your PDP and reflect on what you have gained from the process.


What is the deal with the paperwork for the SAC?

We created a guide to help those who wish to have something to guide them through a process.  It could be used, or if you have something that you prefer to use, you can use that.

There is very little paperwork for the person guiding the conversation. The final summary page is a simple checklist to be completed and submitted to demonstrate completion of the activity. 

In the days and weeks after the SAC, the doctor is encouraged to use the SAC to help them formulate their new PDP.  This is where most of the writing and reflection gets done.  How you choose to use the SAC paperwork is up to each person and the form to submit to the College is a short and straightforward summary.

Will the SAC guide get training?

No, but the guide will help.  We do plan to demonstrate how easy it is to complete the SAC over zoom at some stage in the future.

This is not a conversation that requires formal training.  It is to be a conversation between colleagues, lead by the structured questions, that looks to create a “pub fireside” informal environment.  You will discover what works best for you over time and the goals of the conversation guide is to be a sounding board for their colleague to discuss their previous CPD year. 

Can an annual review, in clinic, be an SAC?

Yes.  So long as the topics outlined in the SAC paperwork are completed as part of that review, these can be used.  As with all activities within this new programme, we are keen for our doctors to avoid having to double up on activities completed elsewhere as this provides no additional benefit to your CPD.

How can you expect CSHE to be embedded in all activities?

MCNZ expect CSHE to be embedded in all activities.  Our interpretation of this was to encourage people to consider where CSHE elements exist in each activity that they do.

If you feel there were none, you should consider how one could be incorporated? We are asking for people to consider and explore how CSHE fits in to any CPD activity undertaken.  It should be noted that CSHE includes, as well as cultural components, any activity in an area of medicine that creates a more equitable healthcare system.  This, therefore, includes activities to improve the healthcare of people with hearing or visual loss, the LGBTQ+ community, autistic people and so on.

So, as an example of how you might find a CSHE consideration within a CPD activity, if you are reflecting on a teaching session on the management of paediatric fractures, you could consider if any consideration was given to the difficulty in applying and removing a plaster cast in a child with autism.  If this was not covered, you might use your PDP to plan a learning activity to learn more about this issue. 

We have provided links to a lot of resources for people to do specific CSHE activities.  All specific CSHE activities are considered high value and count for double CPD points