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3. CPD During a Global Pandemic

We have received numerous enquiries from concerned members regarding the accumulation of CPD points during the Covid-19 global pandemic. So far this year conferences, study days and meetings have been cancelled and future events are yet to be decided upon. Many Trusts have placed an embargo on study leave until further notice, all this will undoubtedly have consequences for our members struggling to amass sufficient CPD points to ensure they maintain their AVS status.

In light of these changes the CPD team wants to ensure that no one is unfairly penalised for a lack of CPD activity. We will be offering CPD points in a similar way to maternity/ paternity leave.  

In order to maintain AVS accreditation members are required to maintain a 30point rolling average over a 3 year period ie.10 points per annum. We will be offering all AVS members pro-rata points each month during the pandemic from the 1st of April 2020 onwards. This should be approx. 0.83 points per month (10 points / 12month period). The final CPD exemption certificate will be sent out when we know more about when routine imaging is expected to resume. This will be before the end of this membership year (the 31st of August 2020).

In the meantime, it’s worth remembering alternative ways of earning CPD points. Here are a few examples:

  • Writing a review of 1 journal article for the SVT newsletter – 1 CPD point

  • Writing an article or case study for the SVT newsletter – 2 CPD points

  • Vascular publication in a peer reviewed journal as lead author – 10 CPD points

  • Vascular publication in a peer reviewed journal as non-lead author – 5 CPD points

  • SVT Committee membership (half year) – 4 CPD points

  • SVT Committee membership (whole year) – 8 CPD points

  • Gaining STP equivalence – 15 CPD points

  • Pg Cert/Pg Dip in vascular ultrasound – 10 CPD points

  • <0.5day e-learning module (max 5 CPD points per year/max 2 non-vascular related topics) – 1 CPD point

  • Edward Jenner Leadership award – 3 CPD points


If you have any questions regarding CPD please email