Pivots and pirouettes: adapting a robust departmental CPD and training program to the COVID-19 crisis

J Med Radiat Sci. 2020 Dec;67(4):356-359. doi: 10.1002/jmrs.443. Epub 2020 Oct 18.


The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic caused swift change in society, affecting both personal and professional lives. In radiation therapy (RT), professional and social interactions are highly important to maintaining team culture and effective patient care. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is also an integral part of maintaining professional and personal competence and growth for healthcare professionals. This article examines the rationale for and methods of swiftly adapting a robust CPD program and training calendar to an online offering for radiation therapists (RTs) at the Princess Alexandra Hospital Radiation Oncology Department, Brisbane, Australia. Reasons for the change, how it was achieved quickly, and the opportunity to build resilience in the staff group are discussed. Successes and challenges of achieving meaningful change in a short timeframe are described, ensuring RTs maintained access to both CPD and social support during the crisis. Initial feedback suggested a positive response from RTs, but the situation remains dynamic and will need to be monitored and adapted as the pandemic continues.

MeSH terms

  • Australia / epidemiology
  • COVID-19 / epidemiology*
  • COVID-19 / virology
  • Clinical Competence*
  • Education, Medical, Continuing / standards*
  • Focus Groups
  • Humans
  • Radiation Oncologists / education*
  • SARS-CoV-2 / isolation & purification*
  • Social Interaction*
  • Staff Development / methods*