NAMMT Continuing Professional Development Policy


Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is fundamental to the professional obligation of any health care practitioner and is the mechanism through which high quality patient care is maintained. Qualified health care practitioners must meet their regulatory bodies’ CPD requirements and it is important to note that these requirements must be supported by the regulatory body to meet the constant demand for a wide range of practitioner skills and knowledge. One of the functions of NAMMT is to promote CPD and to help with the development of skill and competency which facilitates fitness to practice. With this in mind NAMMT’s policy is created to be a guiding principle for members and sets out to offer assistance and support for individuals.

Personal Development Planning (PDP)

PDP is used to denote a structured and supported process undertaken by an individual in order that they can reflect on their learning, performance and achievement over a period of time. It should be remembered that learning is a life long process and applicable to all professional people who provide care and treatment to the public. PDP involves planning for personal, educational and career development and has the objective of improving an individual’s understanding of how they learn and how they can take responsibility for that learning.


NAMMT Members are required to keep a PDP profile or portfolio which is available as evidence of professional development

The benefits of a profile are as follows:

  1. Helps to assess member’s current standards of practice
  2. Helps to develop reflective and analytical ability about skill and competence
  3. Enables review and evaluation of past experience and learning and planning for future learning
  4. Provides effective information for CPD reviewers
  5. Demonstrates experiential learning which may contribute to credit towards other qualifications

Enhancing Quality of Care

CPD has important implications for the public. Patients have the right to access treatment from practitioners who possess up to date knowledge, skills and abilities appropriate to massage and body work. CPD should help to enhance the quality of care provided to patients.

Professional Obligation

Practitioners will require supported and structured development in order to fulfil this. Effective practice should reflect local custom and practice and complement good practice inherent within the profession. NAMMT will be active in promoting opportunities for members’ development.

Members of NAMMT should be aware of their professional competence, they should regularly monitor and evaluate their clinical skill and actively extend their knowledge base and document this information.

Professional development should be demonstrated by a personal progress file or portfolio.

NAMMT require members to have a minimum of 20 hours a year learning activity which should be recorded into the progress file. Development should consist of 12 formal hours and 8 informal hours. Failure to meet the CPD requirements will be taken into account when hearing allegations of a member’s professional conduct or competence.

Range of learning activities and resources

Resources available for CPD are wide ranging and could include formal and informal learning.

Formal activity:Study days, workshops and accredited courses
Lectures and seminars
Professional meetings and working groups
NAMMT AGM meeting
Informal learning:Key readings from books and text
Reflective narratives
Patient testimony and feedback
Experiential learning
Shadowing colleagues


Support and Guidance

NAMMT will endeavour to make sure that support is available for members. Tutorials will be available to assist with portfolio building and the collation of evidence for CPD.

NAMMT encourage each member to be responsible for the collation and management of their own CPD's and profile development. An annual CPD summary will be requested from a random 10% of the members. Sanctions may have to be imposed if there is a lack of CPD evidence over a period of time. This will involve a member receiving a letter from the secretary about their development and a plan of action being put into place to support the member with their CPD. A period of 6 months will be given for the member to achieve their CPD requirement and this will be reviewed by the committee. If a member still fails to achieve the required CPD they will be sent a warning letter and subsequent to that may be expelled from the organisation if they are unable to meet the requirement. Below we have shown, the summary sheet sheet and a example completed sheet to show you what we are looking for.

You can download the CPD form here, and a completed example form here.


  1. Health Professions Council (2005) Standards for continuing professional development London: HPC
  2. Department of Health(2004) NHS knowledge and skills framework
  3. and the development review process London: the stationery office

This is an essential pre-requisite for membership of any professional organisation and ensures that practitioners keep up-to-date with their knowledge and skills for the benefit of patients, individuals and professions.

GCMT, CNHC and CHRE expect all practitioners to maintain CPD Portfolios which may be randomly selected for checking.

Failure to comply will result in removal from the register.

NAMMT actively encourages all members to plan their future continuing professional development (CPD) and meet the required minimum of 20 hours CPD.

NAMMT is happy to discuss personal choices, offer realistic advice to members on courses and help plan programmes with individual members.

Please be aware if you do not comply with the CPD requirements it could invalidate your insurance.

NAMMT cooperates with several other bodies and institutes to help provide opportunities for its members to complete their CPD requirements.

These include:

  1. The Northern Institute of Massage (Bury)
  2. The Midlands School of Massage (Nottingham)
  3. The Advanced Massage Therapies School (Edinburgh)
  4. The Society of Sports Therapists
  5. MLD-UK and the Vodder Schule (Austria)
  6. The Forest Fitness Centre, (Cinderford, Gloucestershire)
  7. Bodywork Injury Clinic (Londonderry)
  8. The Irish Institute of Physical Therapies (Cork)
  9. The General Council for Massage
  10. The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council

If you have seen other CPD courses and would like to know if they are acceptable for NAMMT CPD courses please Contact NAMMT with the information.

NAMMT provides a FREE CPD Day once per year and attendance at the Annual General Meeting offers members further FREE CPD.

Recording your CPD

Applications for membership (and annual renewals) of NAMMT must be accompanied by a notification of CPD hours and activity undertaken in the previous 12 months.

You will be sent a CPD Notification Form along with your membership renewal application. You should complete both forms and submit them to the membership secretary.

The following CPD forms are available for you to download to complete and keep as part of your practice portfolio.

Also to send in if ever you are requested as part of the 10% randomly chosen members.

  1. Reflective Practice - Critical Incidents
    Courses, Workshops & Seminars
    Professional Activity/Meetings
    Reflective Practice
    Critical Reading
    Member's CPD Summary
    Reflective Practice as CPD handout

Current CPD Opportunities


Continuing Personal Development Day

Hosted by the Northern Institute of Massage Bury

Sunday 9th April 9.30-4pm

This CPD day is free to NAMMT members so book your place now by completing the form below or contacting our secretary Dianne Richardson.

The day will contain a range of topics as yet to be decided.

There will be plenty of time for discussions and group work to identify personal thoughts and views and some helpful hints and tips to share amongst our members.

Attendees will be given CPD credit of 6 hours.

Lunch will be provided so make the most of this great opportunity.

NB there are only 25 places available so first come first served.

Applications need to be in by 28.2.17

Click link to download application form - CPD Application Form


Northern Institute of Massage

14 – 16 St Mary’s Place, Bury, Greater Manchester BL9 0DZ

Telephone: 0161 797 1800

Email: information@nim.uk

CPD Seminars

For more information http://www.nim.uk or telephone 0161 797 1800

2017 CPD Seminars

January 29th - Arthritis Symposium - A practical day with presentation by sufferers as well as therapists.

February 19th - Yoga for Athletes (and all sports people) - Anne Littler demonstrates techniques that utilise Yoga to help with musculo-skeletal improvement

February 25th/26th - 2 Days - The Head & Temporor-Mandibular Joint for therapist who wish to revise/reinforce/ learn more about anatomy, conditions, examinations and treatments - presented by Micky Kerr DO

May 6th/7th - 2 Days - Principles & Procedures of Rehabilitation, a 2 day seminar concentrating on recovery from serious and/or long term injury, presented by Alan Stewart

May 21st - Special Needs in Sport - Presented by Nick Mulryan (Blind Sports Therapist and Chair of the Society of Sports Therapists Special Needs Committee) and Tom Turton (Special Needs Masseur at Olympics and World Championships)

A selection of on-line modules to contribute to CPD Portfolios can be found by clicking the link here www.nim-online.com

The modules currently available are;

Managing Patients with Stress - Massage and deep relaxation techniques

The Therapist and the Law - Written by a Solicitor specifically for NIM

Massage Research - What good is research? Reviews of research projects about the benefits of Massage treatments

Record Keeping - How to organise and keep your patient files for instant access

Setting up in Practice - based on a NIM publication "How to Set Up a Successful Practice"

The Use of Tractions in Manual Therapy - Demonstrated by Dawn Bennett and Eddie Caldwell for most joints of the body

Low Back Pain - Reinforcing your study, this is a practical presentation, again by Dawn Bennett and Eddie Caldwell that will not only revise techniques but introduce some new ones to help you improve the treatments you offer your patients.

Using Social Media to improve and promote your practice - Yon-Yonson Production



5A High Street, Ruddington, Nottingham NG11 6DT

Tel: 0115 9211455

Email: info@massage-school.net

Web: www.massage-school.net

Forthcoming Seminars

All our seminars are certificated and offer you the opportunity to meet the requirements of our professional association with regard to personal development and learning.

Qualified massage practitioners are eligible to apply to attend individual Advanced Diploma modules (10-18) as CPD.

Full payment is required at the time of booking and places are allocated on a 'first come' basis.

The cost of these seminars is £160 per weekend (£80 per day) - 50% of fee due with all bookings.

Places are limited for some weekends, therefore, early booking is advisable.

For further information or to register your interest in future seminars, please contact us - 0115 9211455 (Tuesday - Friday)

Advanced booking is essential for all courses and seminars at MSM

Further information of seminars ca be found on the school website:



Advanced Massage Techniques School


CONTACT US on Tel: 01968 661282

E-mail: info@amts.co.uk

Up and coming Workshops


Full details are on the website - If you require any more information please contact

Sheena Livingstone

Tel: 01968 661282


Email: sheena@deanfoot.onmicrosoft.com

All workshops and courses will be run at Carlops Village Hall, Midlothian (10 minutes from Edinburgh Bypass)