2What is C.P.D.?Continual Professional Development (CPD) can be defined as:“the conscious updating of professional knowledge and the improvement of professional competence throughout a person’s working life. It is a commitment to being professional, keeping up to date and continuously seeking to improve.” The Chartered Institute of Professional Development 2000.
3CPD is… An opportunity to update your career opportunities Career development- Because its goal is to improve personal performance and enhance career progression.a commitment to being professional, keeping up to date and continuously seeking to improveLifelong Learning
4The Prep CPD standardThis standard is about the CPD of registered nurses and midwives. To meet it, they must:undertake at least 35 hours of learning activity relevant to their practice every three yearsmaintain a personal professional profile of their learning activitycomply with any requests to audit how they have met these requirements.
5Achieving CPD Post Registration Education- University courses Attending conferencesOn the job training, in-house training courses.SecondmentsShadowing, covering colleagues, acting up into a senior role.
6Achieving CPD Mentoring Reflective practice Reading professional Journals - Nursing StandardRCN ForumsWorking across boundaries eg link nurseDeveloping a knowledge about national and local health policies and directivesGetting involved with a local health projectVoluntary workProducing patient information leafletsWriting an article for publicationProducing a website
8Create a PortfolioAll nurses are meant to keep a CPD portfolio as part of their PREP requirements.Nurses need to recognise opportunities for recording evidence of learning.A Portfolio must show evidence of reflection on practice or reflection of an article that you have read.It must show that you recognise your learning needs and any gaps that exist in your knowledge and skills - what you need to know or do to enhance your practice. What are your professional development needs?
9A portfolio…serves as a record of your clinical experience and journey from novice practitioner to expert.Helps in an interview: those who have developed a portfolio will be in a better position to articulate their thoughts and feelings about practice and give detailed examples of how they have made a difference.
10A portfolio…Should be thought of as a toolbox. In it should go all the tools of the nursing trade: skills, knowledge, experience, attitudes, beliefs and the additional bits and pieces that we accumulate on our nursing journey, such as feedback and references.
11What should be in your portfolio toolbox? Up-to-date copy of CVCritical incident reviewPersonal and professional feedbackDefining moments - reflectionMaking a difference - reflectionWhat’s going on? Health policy and politicsAction plan for developing skills and knowledge
12Reflect on FeedbackYou can learn much from positive feedback and (constructive) negative feedback so include any comments from line managers, colleagues and possibly patients and carers.Reflect on the feedback and consider what, if anything, you would do differently next time.
13Keep up to date do a little at a time and try to be consistent. Don’t view portfolio work as being separate from your working life. Keep the portfolio at work rather than on a shelf at home and discuss some of the content in clinical supervision or with a colleague.
14Stay positiveDon’t dwell too much on things that go wrong in your practice - no one is perfect and the important thing is to show what you have learnt.A portfolio should demonstrate your progress and achievements, so view the process of developing one as an opportunity rather than something negative.
15Make use of technologyThe RCN provides an online service where you can maintain a portfolio.You can also manage your portfolio on your personal computer.