Frequently asked questions
Do I have to formally register to participate in PPR?
Yes, this is a RANZCP-facilitated activity which requires registration to an established “round” (which can run up to approximately three months), connection with peers, and My CPD Record updates which are managed by RANZCP staff.
What happens if we don’t complete our meetings within the three months?
It’s best to start scheduling your meetings as soon as possible in order to complete the activity within the round. If this doesn’t occur, please contact the CPD team to discuss. It may become necessary to reattempt the PPR in a future round.
It is not possible for a PPR to extend across two CPD, or calendar, years.
In reality, PPR can be completed in one day if that can be coordinated by the group.
What happens if someone doesn’t attend a meeting?
The facilitator must attend the initial and concluding meetings in order for them to be valid. Should they not, additional meetings will need to be scheduled to complete the PPR.
If a peer becomes unable to attend a meeting, and it is one that the facilitator is attending, the meeting is still valid for those in attendance.
What paperwork do I have to submit to RANZCP?
From the facilitator:
- participant meeting record, or schedule
- facilitator reflection.
From the peer participants:
- Nothing. Upon receipt of the above forms from the facilitator, your CPD record will be updated. Additional documentation can be added to those entries if you wish.
I have spent longer than the allocated time on PPR. How can I claim that?
Additional time spent in a PPR can be claimed in RANZCP CPD Section 4.5: Team-based Learning. If you feel you have spent additional time which would be more appropriate in Section 2 or 3, please contact the CPD team.
My peer and I would like to do this again. Why can’t we do another PPR together?
The CCPD appreciates that it could be interesting learning to reflect on a PPR at a future time. However, this is not the principle of the PPR, which is a time-limited activity. Peers who seek to undertake such additional review may certainly do so, however this activity must be claimed outside of the PPR.
Members can participate in future PPRs but not with a peer with whom they have already, previously been matched.
Members are strongly encouraged to participate in future PPRs as facilitators, too.
How is PPR different to Peer Review Groups (PRGs)?
PPR contributes to Section 3 and well as Section 2 of the RANZCP CPD program.
The PPR is a time-limited activity which was developed to enhance the Section 2.2 option that was previously called 'Practice Visits'. Its purpose is focused on review of specialists’ practice, whereas PRGs (Section 2.1) have no directive in relation to purpose, or focus, other than that obviously it is a formal peer review activity and group discussion should be relevant to scope or area of practice.
Only 3 peers are involved in a PPR, and usually a PRG comprises at least 3 – sometimes many more but usually 6 to 7.
An additional difference is that the PPR is not covered by Qualified Privilege, whereas PRGs are protected activity.
I have already participated in PPR as a Facilitator. Do I need to attend training (via the usual webinar) again?
At this stage there is no requirement for established PPR facilitators to re-train. However, please do reply to requests for applications so availability and currency of eligibility can be confirmed.
Can I participate in one round as a peer-participant and, with another group (or groups), a facilitator?
Yes – You can participate in one group as a peer and, in the same round, in another group (or groups) as a facilitator. There is precedent for this, and some members have facilitated up to three pairs in the one round.
Do I process my own My CPD claim for my PPR participation?
No, this is done by RANZCP staff to ensure consistency across the program. If you would like to add your own reflections to the entry once it is made – before 31 March the following year, and after 31 December of the year of the activity – please do. Work is underway on My CPD to include reporting capabilities for the PPR, and we anticipate that this will be released in time for the second round of PPR in 2023.