The Royal College Accredited CPD Provider Innovation Award recognizes innovative development and implementation of educational processes, policies, resources or tools. This year, University of Toronto CPD was thrilled to accept the award for the development and implementation of the Continuing Education Leadership Program (CELP). Ms. Jane Tipping and Dr. Suzan Schneeweiss directed the planning committee, which included Ms. Maria Bystrin, Dr. Lee Manchul and Ms. Susan Rock. The Awards were presented at the 7th National CPD Accreditation Conference and each award recipient presented their innovation during the “Royal College Accredited CPD Provider Innovation Awards & CFPC Continuing Professional Development Award” workshop.
The Continuing Education Leadership Program is a unique faculty development certificate specifically designed to develop leadership and faculty capacity in continuing health education. Unlike typical leadership programs, CELP not only develops skills in leadership, but also encompasses evidence-based strategies to drive innovation and improve the delivery and dissemination of continuing education to health care providers across Canada. Whether participants were fellows of the Royal College, managers of a CPD specialty society, or clinical teachers, they were able to apply their new knowledge and skills to their workplace by conducting a wide range of projects demonstrating their leadership capabilities and mobilizing change. The next CELP program will run in 2016.