Today I have been updating my CPD portfolio ready for my end of year next month. There are no set ways of recording CPD and each year I make a few adjustments to my system.
At the end of each year of CPD I like to reflect on what I have learnt, where I have got to and where I am going. It’s always interesting when I review these reflections a year on and see how my thoughts have changed. At the end of last year I was really interested in learning about fascia and fascial treatment techniques. Now, a year on, my interest is more focussed on persistent pain and my reading and learning is in this realm.
This year I have added in two things to my learning logs for each CPD activity – listing the evidence I am providing and secondly mapping against the standards. This was partly for clarity but also bearing in mind that CPD is becoming more ‘standards focussed’. So each learning log has the following details:
Title of Activity
Learning activity was planned
Description of activity
My learning objective related to this activity
What experience did I gain from this?
How have I applied this to my professional work as an osteopath?
What further learning (if any) do I need in this area?
These questions have mainly come from the CPD guide that was issued by GOsC several years ago.
It was interesting mapping against standards because it demonstrated to me how relevant learning was and the benefit to practice. For example, I attended a business training event called ‘Smash your sales targets’. At first I wondered how easy it would be to show it’s relevance to osteopathy but when I reviewed the course materials I found there was lots that easily demonstrated it’s benefits. It mapped against Standard A2 Listen to patients and respect their concerns and preferences and Standard D14 Act with integrity in your professional practice. The learning relevance was:
“Applied to the clinic setting this was a good way of thinking about the patient journey. What makes people come to the clinic? How do we make people aware of the benefits of osteopathy? Are their barriers we put in place to people having treatment – poor availability, inconsistent messages, embarrassed at the cost etc. Knowing how to respond to people’s concerns.”
The reflective tools I use at the end of my CPD portfolio each year are a SWOT analysis (Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) – I tend to carry this out from both a personal and a business perspective separately. That then leads to the writing of an action plan which develops into planning CPD.
There are lots of ways of recording CPD, I’d love to hear what you do. I haven’t been audited yet but I know several people who have, some twice! If it ever happens I hope that keeping the portfolio thoroughly completed every year should make that process far less stressful.