CPD breakthrough: EASD e-Learning wins RCGP accreditation
Modules on the EASD e-Learning platform have now received formal educational accreditation for continuous professional development (CPD) from the UK’s Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), it was announced today at the EASD’s 57th Annual Meeting.
EASD President Stefano Del Prato told delegates during his address at the Annual Meeting’s opening ceremony that two modules submitted to the RCGP have already received formal educational accreditation and accreditation for a further five modules is pending.
Educational resources accredited by the RCGP are considered to be of high quality and relevant for general practitioners’ CPD and revalidation needs. Accreditation follows an independent assessment of these modules’ quality, judged against the standards set by the RCGP.
EASD e-Learning Programme Director Dr Eleanor D Kennedy commented: “This is a huge step forward for our platform. User feedback has consistently highlighted significant demand for formal CPD accreditation of our courses. The RCGP accreditation quality mark is an identifiable symbol of quality assurance that associates educational activities with professionalism, expertise and commitment to the highest possible standards of general practice. This helps to demonstrate the important contribution our modules can make to the delivery of safe, high-quality care for people at risk of or living with diabetes.”
Dr Kennedy also paid tribute to the assistance the site has received from its authors, expert reviewers and assessment setters – and many of the EASD’s study groups. “This achievement reflects an enormous amount of hard work and dedication from our expert supporters, who have enabled us to ensure that the courses we provide attain the level of quality required by accrediting bodies such as the RCGP. Over the last 12 months, with their assistance, we have been busy improving systems for assessment within all of our modules and expanding the practical clinical content of what we provide.”
So how will learners know which modules are accredited, and what will it mean? Dr Gillian Manning, Clinical Education Lead within the e-Learning team, explained: “The RCGP kitemark and logo will now appear on the homepage of all accredited modules – its presence will mean that GPs and other members of multiprofessional healthcare teams working in partnership with people with diabetes can be confident the education they select has been independently assessed to ensure a consistent and high-quality educational resource.”
Further modules are set to be submitted to the RCGP and discussions about seeking accreditation by the Royal College of Physicians are ongoing. Plans are now underway to submit the online courses to national accrediting bodies around the world.
EASD e-Learning modules now accredited for CPD by the RCGP include:
- Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, Module 1
- Insulin resistance, Module 1
EASD e-Learning modules submitted to the RCGP for which educational accreditation is pending:
- Management of hyperglycaemia in type 2 diabetes, Modules 1 and 2
- Hypoglycaemia, Module 1
- Diabetes and the kidney, Module 1
- Phenotypic variability, Module 1