An Introduction to your Professional Portfolio & Reflective Practice Leanne Covey DCP Tutor and Practice Facilitator Hampshire & Isle of Wight
What is a ‘portfolio’? o A posh word for a ring binder! o “...is a very powerful means by which educational and professional activities can be documented to demonstrate the continuing acquisitions of skills, knowledge, understanding and individual achievement” o Think of it as a sophisticated scrapbook! BMS March 2006 pp223-225
Why the need for one ? Demonstrates tangible proof of your skills and on-going learning Keeps essential work-related samples and documents in one place if you need them for job search, performance appraisal or application for promotion It will help you stand out in the crowd You can be as creative as you like Instead of talking, you can SHOW what you can do.
Quite simply put... Your portfolio should capture all Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities undertaken by you The evidence held should satisfy the various political, professional and legal requirements all under one portfolio What does this mean?
ALL DCPs will have to complete and keep a record of completing 150 hours of CPD over 5 years At least 50 hours of this must be ‘verifiable’ The remaining 100 hours can be ‘non- verifiable’ or ‘general’ CPD This requirement applies to all; part-time or full-time CPD completed BEFORE today is NOT counted Trying to complete all 150 hours in the last 12 months is NOT recommended!
Currently... There is no formal structure for developing a personal professional portfolio. This information is based on advice from the BADN and other sources. You have each been given a CD Rom which has all of the templates and information for you to modify.
What goes into your portfolio? PORTFOLIO CV Diaries Qualifications Evidence of APL Records of in- house training Photographs Evaluation of learning Certificates Testimonials Appraisal reports
Who owns your portfolio? You do! Reflecting on your performance and deciding objectives for the future Promotion or interview On all occasions you choose what to share
Is a key ‘buzz’ term throughout the healthcare community Exploring and learning what you do as an individual, why you do it and the impact it has on you and others It is something we do all of the time, we just don't realise it. It will enhance your professional development
Can assist in applying new knowledge to practice It strengthens the link between CPD & registration Reflections will form the basis of your portfolios, it represents evidence of competence Is the deliberate process of critically reviewing an event in order to change, adapt or learn.
Reflection on an activity/experience (Gibbs, 1988)
An exercise You have got 5 minutes A piece of personal history that will help people get to know you. Think of a happy or sad childhood memory. Can you remember your feelings? Someone in your life that has had a significant impact on you as a person. Why?
Was it easy to reflect? Did you probe your mind for the memory Did the feelings come back just as they were at the time of the event? Did you make changes a result? Why did the person have such an effect on you?
To summarise Don’t be scared to reflect, take CPD as a positive step towards people recognising you as professionals in your own right! Reflect straight away. Keep your Portfolio updated Enjoy the experience of the new skill, it can benefit you in all ways.