Shared responsibility for continuing professional development translates into short-term trade-offs

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INTRODUCTION. In Denmark, responsibility for continuing professional development (CPD) of consultants is shared between
employers, often represented by heads of department, and the consultants themselves. This interview study explored
patterns in the ways that shared responsibility is practiced in the context of financial, organisational and normative structures.
METHODS. Semi-structured interviews were held with 26 consultants holding different levels of experience, including nine heads of department, across four specialties in five hospitals in the Capital Region of Denmark in 2019. Recurring themes in
the interview data were analysed in the light of critical theory to highlight connections and trade-offs between individuals’ choices and structural conditions.
RESULTS. CPD is often a matter of short-term trade-offs for consultants and heads of department. Recurring elements in the
trade-offs between what consultants wish to do and what is possible include topics of CPD, funding sources, time and
expected learning gains. Governance of CPD varies from pure administration of limited funds to attempts to aligning individual with department priorities. CONCLUSIONS. Shared responsibility for CPD activities is managed in very diverse ways across departments. The individual
flexibility afforded by shared responsibility may be an advantage, but a risk exists that structural conditions for CPD, such as
short-term budgets and very different management practices, leave CPD activities to be guided more by coincidence than
TidsskriftDanish Medical Journal
Udgave nummer3
Antal sider8
StatusUdgivet - 2023

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