Continuing Professional Development Points Scheme Extended to Non-BACCN Events

In 2007 the BACCN were delighted to announce the launch of their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points scheme. This has proved very popular with Regions applying for BACCN CPD points for their study events. CPD points are also awarded for attendance at the national conference.

The points provide critical care nurses with tangible evidence of their CPD activities. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) (2006) state that every nurse must undertake at least 35 hours of learning activity in 3 years. Many nurses attend study events but receive no evidence of the quality and quantity of the event. By awarding BACCN CPD points (on application) for regional events nurses are able to accumulate points which equate to the quantity of hours set out by the NMC. The BACCN CPD points also provide evidence that nurses attended a quality event approved by the leading national organisation for critical care nurses.

Following on from this success and to ensure that the BACCN achieves its goal of engaging with the wider critical care workforce BACCN are now delighted to announce the extension of their CPD points scheme to a wider audience. This has positive benefits for nurses and other health care professionals because it ensures that they can collect CPD points at non-BACCN study events.

The BACCN encourages organisations to apply for CPD points as this will provide an added quality assurance factor to their event.  Application forms for CPD points approval can be downloade here or email  Please note that you will need to apply for CPD points at least 4 weeks in advance of your event to allow BACCN time to process and approve your application. Remember these points are evidence of professional development and should not be confused with academic points.

Costs for CPD points are as follows:

Educational Event
One or two occurrences of identical events in a 12 month period

£500 (+VAT)commercial organisation
£200 (+VAT)  NHS and charities etc
Inclusive of 200 certificates per annum

Educational Event
More than 2 occurrences of identical educational events in a 12 month period

£800 (+VAT)commercial organisation
£400 (+VAT)  NHS and charities etc
Inclusive of 200 certificates per annum

Additional certificates

£30 per 100

As part of the BACCN’s strategy of engaging with the wider workforce the BACCN intends to extend their CPD points scheme to include short courses in the near future.

Vanessa Gibson
Professional Advisor

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