Continuing Professional Development

Continuing Professional Development, Appraisal and ongoing assessment are key components of maintaining safe high quality care. The Association strongly encourages all Anaesthesia Associates to maintain a portfolio recording all postgraduate educational activity and a logbook of cases undertaken. Anaesthesia Associates should be able to justify the subject matter and quality of their CPD is appropriate to their role and scope of practice.

Examples of how this might be achieved include attending study activities having CPD/CME approval from a Royal College, passing a nationally recognised course such as ALS or undertaking self-guided learning through portals such as the RCoA E-Learning for Anaesthesia website.  The Association also hold an CPD approved conference annually.

Health Education England, engaging with key stakeholders, including the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Association of Anaesthesia Associates have developed a comprehensive document to guide the continuing professional development of Medical Associate Professionals – this includes Anaesthesia Associates.

Establishing Common Standards for Continuing Professional Development, Assessment and Appraisal of Medical Associate Professionals

This document provides clear guidance for the trained and qualified MAP NHS workforce, and sets out common standards for ongoing CPD, assessment and appraisal. This guidance should be used to enable MAPs, with the support of employers, to plan, institute, maintain and evidence their ongoing clinical, academic, and professional learning to common standards via their commitment to their professional development.

There are sections on CPD, Appraisal and Assessment of competency and capability.

CPD Appraisal and Assessment – HEE

Anaesthesia Associates, their clinical leads or supervisors and employers are encouraged to implement this model to maintain consistency and improve quality of care.

The guidance in this document is aligned to the standards and processes of both the GMC and HCPC. It has been developed in collaboration with AA, ACCP, PA and SCP professional’s and professional bodies, medical royal colleges and faculties, NHS Employers, the British Medical Association and patient representatives. The following sections set out guidance for Assessment, Appraisal and CPD.


To help facilitate CPD, all NHS employees are able to access free online training on e-LfH.

e-LfH is a Health Education England Programme in partnership with the NHS and Professional Bodies.

e-LfH Link

The Association considers that the equivalent of 25 CPD points annually would be the minimum required to demonstrate continuing competence.  The Royal College of Anaesthetists offers a discounted rate for its educational activities to AAs who are Affiliates of the College.

The AAA holds an annual conference which has in previous years been approved for 5 CPD points per day by the Royal College of Anaesthetists.

We expect our next conference to also be approved for RCoA CPD points.

The above comprehensive CPD document by HEE supersedes the 2012 document below, which is for historical reference.

AAA CPD September 2012

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