When you are considering going for your paramedic you must complete a CPD portfolio.  This is where you take the extra learning you have done and reflect upon it to show you are continuing your learning journey.

It can quite often seem complicated but there are various tools you can use to help guide you.  The HCPC standards of CPD help you to identify what qualifies as CPD and what you should do to add it to your portfolio.  You can access the HCPC standards here.

Although these standards are primarily for Paramedics using this information will help you build the platform for a successful portfolio.  The five standards are:

  1. Maintain continuous, up to date and accurate record of your CPD activities.

  2. Demonstrate that their CPD activities are a mixture of learning activities relevant to current or future practise.

  3. Seek to ensure that their CPD has contributed to the quality of their practise and service delivery.

  4. Seek to ensure that their CPD benefits the service user.

  5. Upon request, present a written profile (which must be their own work and supported by evidence) explaining how they met the standards for CPD.


Undertaking a google search will give plenty of sites helping you understand how to build your CPD portfolio but here is a link to one to get you started.


Once you have been accepted and are awaiting your OSCE it’s really important that you spend the time preparing to give yourself the best possible opportunity to pass.  Videos showing the OSCE’s are available on @SAS and these should be used in conjunction with practice. If you do not pass the OSCE, you may have the opportunity to attend a second OSCE. If you do not pass at the second OSCE attempt, you will be restricted from undertaking a further assessment for 12 months.

If you are on a service computer, you can access the videos here:



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