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  • 15 Feb 2014 11:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Importance and Benefits of a Continuing Professional Development ( CPD ) Portfolio.
    Rosalie Marsh





    As a passionate follower and practitioner of personal and professional development records for many years, I feel I am in a position to share my own perspective.

    As a health and social care professional – at whatever level – you may well be required to maintain a record of your development for continuing competence purposes. As a busy person, you will probably struggle to find time to do this. Indeed, you may struggle to complete these records in much detail at all.

    So “what do you know about it?” you may well ask.‘As with many things in life, it is not enough to declare that you can do this or that. You have to have some proof or evidence that you can actually do something; that you have actually done what you claim to have done.’ (Marsh 2011 P1.) 

    My ethos is that everyone should be able to release and realise their potential in whatever way that is. Before we were born, all our attributes were set into the pattern of our character. All our potential skills and qualities were there in that cluster of unique cells, which make us what we are, or could be. We are made up of many facets, which grow and develop at different times of our life. Like a flower, we start with nurturing, food, warmth, and shelter, until we gradually unfold until we come into full bloom before fading and dying. This is the cycle of life.

    You own development as a person in both your personal and professional life – and these two aspects are intertwined – continues throughout your life. It doesn’t end when you leave school with sufficient exams or a degree to get you into the profession of your dreams.

    As with most professions, you have to keep on top of new developments, legislation, practice, and procedures. With more people needing care at a personal level out in the community and in hospitals, this has never been more essential in your own sector. Your own organisation or department will no doubt keep a record of any training courses, which you have attended as part of your required hours of up skilling. You may be required to complete a feedback form at the end of these training courses to state what you got out of the course etc. This document will no doubt be kept on your personal file in the Human Resources department. Copies of any certificates will no doubt also be kept on your file. This is excellent.

    But wait! You have moved to a new job in a new organisation. How can you access these files? A few years down the line, you may be asked for proof of the courses you have attended or how committed you are to the job. This is where your own personal professional development portfolio comes in.
    • It is an umbrella, which encompasses all your development throughout your working life.
    • It contains actual living proof that you have taken control of your own personal and professional development.
    • It will impress your immediate superiors at your annual review; a prospective employer at interview; an interviewer if you are going for promotion. It will demonstrate that you are focussed on developing and achieving to the best level you can.
    • It will demonstrate that you are looking upwards to where you can go. That you want to be a winner.
    I was given the opportunity to undertake management qualifications at quite a late stage in my life. As part of the course, I sat with my tutor for a review. A ‘Taking Stock’ kind of review as well as a review of the module where my overall progress was discussed and new targets set with an agreed completion date for these activities. Later, as I moved into Further Education in the Work-Based Learning (WBL) area, I, along with the rest of my department, was introduced to the concept of a CPD portfolio. We were informed that eventually all prospective employers would require candidates for a job to be able to present one at interview. (I actually came across this a few years hence when I helped one of my management candidates who worked for a utility company to construct his portfolio prior to interview for promotion where he had to take along a CPD portfolio. He got the job by the way!)

    As the years rolled on and I undertook a variety of academic, technical, and vocational programmes, I found my portfolio invaluable. As a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD – formerly IPD) I had access to their software for completing somewhat very in-depth CPD records. Although the tutor for each course held a review for their own records, my own CPD records went much further, wider, and deeper. I was not only documenting and giving feedback on what I had done, I was looking at what I as a person wanted to achieve.

    I had to look at where I wanted to be in 1yr, 5yrs, and horror of horrors, even 10yrs. By keeping a focus – taking stock/reviewing my own learning and development every six months and re-setting targets, I actually did what I had planned to do.
    • At annual reviews, I was able to demonstrate my commitment to my own growth and that of my department. My reviewer actually found my records facilitated him/her in completing the review forms.
    • At interviews for promotion, I had a clear picture of my achievements. 
    • My CPD records helped me to keep my CV up-to-date and complete application forms in a timely manner – especially when the closing date was close.
    Many have to scrabble to gather all relevant information. Does this sound familiar?

    I said earlier that my ethos is that everyone should be able to release and realise their potential in whatever way that is. To do this you need opportunity and access and above all, a plan, which gives a focus on goals. Not solely in your job but personal life. Activities in your personal life can develop aspects of your character which in turn can have a positive impact on how you do your job.
    • As a professional in the health and social care sector, it is essential that you have a clear picture of what you know now and what you need to know in order to achieve your goals. 
    • You must follow the process of personal and professional development. 
    • You need to identify what you know now and need to know in order to achieve.
    • You need to identify what opportunities you have.
    • You need to identify what threats will stop you achieving your goals.
    • You must constantly do and review and set clear targets for each milestone along the way.
    • You need to keep your CV up to date.
    • You need to manage stress.
    • You need to manage your time and schedule in your learning programme. 
    • You need to record not only what you have learned, but also what you have learned from the learning experience. How you as a person have changed. How will you use the learning?
    • You need to set new targets if you did not meet the last one.
    In this way, you will get to where you want to go. It might not be a formal learning experience/training course. That doesn’t matter. (What about that department meeting? A difficult and challenging case that you dealt with?) All learning counts. No learning is ever wasted. Your goal may be a long-held dream.

    When I was interviewing mature learners for my dissertation some years ago, one said to me: “If you believe, if you really believe that you can do something, you can do it!” (Marsh.2011)

    One last thought. In 1609 Jan Van Comenius writing in Pampaedia wrote:“The whole of a person’s life is a school for everyone, from the cradle to the grave. . nor is a person given other goals in learning than in life itself. . . .



    Rosalie Marsh
    Award-Winning Author, Speaker, Learning and Development Consultant.
    BA(Hons) Professional Studies in Education, LCGI, T.Cert.
    ©Rosalie Marsh 2014

    Download this article for your CPD Portfolio: Click Here


    Take a look at some of the great books that Rosalie has published. 


  • 23 Jan 2014 10:17 PM | Anonymous member

       WOULD YOU LIKE A

       CHALLENGE IN 2014!



    THE ASBF IS MOVING FORWARD WITH DEVELOPING ITS CARE FOR THE CARERS PROGRAMMES. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED TO UNDERTAKE A CHALLENGE IN 2014, TO HELP US WITH FUNDRAISING OR VOLUNTEER AS AN ASBF ADVOCATE, WE WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU. IDEALY WE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE PLEDGES FROM MORE AMBULANCE SERVICES TO SUPPORT OUR EXCITING AND IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENTS.

    IF YOU ARE INTERESTED THEN PLEASE CONTACT US TO DAY!  

    You will find further information by visiting the ASBF website:

    www.asbf.co.uk

    Or email the National Secretary:

    enquiries@asbf.co.uk

    “THE AMBULANCE SERVICES BENEVOLENT FUND

    IS CARING FOR THE CARERS AND

    TOGETHER WE WILL MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE”!

     PATRON: SIMON WESTON, OBE

    REGISTERED CHARITY: # 800434

  • 21 Dec 2013 7:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)




    Advertise your CPD Training Courses, 

    Events & Conferences.








    Why Advertise on CPDme?

    CPDme aims to bring together all professionals from the Health and Care Professions Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Council together on one website. We aim to bring for you Continuing Professional Development courses from all subject areas and disciplines into a user friendly, easy-to-use searchable database using google technology. If your courses aren't on CPDme, you could be missing out!

    How does the CPDme Advertising work

    It's very very simple. Firstly, we require you to show interest in a package and request information or place an online order. Our Marketing team are very helpful and apply no pressure to advertise. Visit the advertising page for more information or access to the forms to request a contact. The advantage of advertising with CPDme is that we don't just advertise your courses. We also have sophisticated software that suggest your training and development courses to over 80000 users worldwide.

    Our free mobile app, attracts over 500 new users each month. For a one off fee, your course could potentially reach over 100.000 people within 3 months.

    Have more than one course or event to advertise?

    No problem at all! Once you have contacted us to show interest. We will arrange a suitable package and discuss multiple courses and a price that suits your budget. If your course is free to attend / participate or you are a non profit or charity, adverting with CPDme is completely free of charge.


  • 11 Dec 2013 6:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
     
    Social Media in the contemporary CPD climate.
    Using Social Media to motivate your Continuing Professional Development (CPD)








    Social Media in the contemporary CPD climate.


    Health Professionals need to align with evidence-based practice as well as meet the continuing professional development (CPD) requirements of our various professional registration boards and practice requirements. Recently there has been rapid growth in the technologies used to provide CPD. HP’s have found themselves in a position where they need to overcome barriers and embrace social media as a vessel for providing relevant, effective, accessible and cost-efficient learning opportunities.


    This poster was developed for the Occupational Therapy Australia National Conference 2013 and was aimed at demonstrating how social media (specifically Facebook, Twitter and blogs) provides a mechanism for CPD. It also looked at methods of recording your CPD that may have been previously foreign concepts.

     

    OT’s internationally are using OT4OT (online technology for occupational therapists) and sister 4OT Facebook pages to share experiences, ask questions, offer resources, and brainstorm ideas and solutions. Facebook groups such as MH4OT (a group for Mental Health OT’s) have now branched out to other professions such as Social Work (MH4SW) and Nursing (MH4RN) and there are many other groups available for every health and social care profession that offer the same opportunities being embraced by OT’s.


    Twitter as a CPD tool is experiencing rapid growth. From live tweeting at conferences to monthly CPD “tweet chats,” the discussions and resources shared among health and social care professionals over twitter are building it up to be an extremely valuable, yet easily accessible, tool to utilise for your continued professional development. 


    Networked blogs are becoming more common as a readily accessible repository of shared experiences, resources and knowledge. They also provide a perfect platform for clinicians to collate their reflections on all kinds of learning experiences including those had on social media. This reflective practice can be used as evidence of learning for your CPD records. Social media enables practitioners to effectively fulfil a large portion of the CPD required for professional registration.


    As technology advances and Health Professional’s become more time poor they will increasingly be seeking new ways to meet CPD requirements. Our poster provides examples of social media usage to illustrate the range of CPD opportunities available and how these social media tools can be collected and recorded into a comprehensive CPD record to meet your professional requirements.


    Brock Cook

    Occupational Therapist


    Download the Poster

    Download FREE Social Media CPD Log Template

    Credits to: Merrolee Penman - Anita Hamilton - Leonora Coolhaas - Trina Phuah - Allison Sullivan

  • 07 Dec 2013 3:15 PM | Anonymous member


    Ambulance Services Benevolent Fund

    CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN.




    “It is at this time of the year when I can reflect on the support that the charity has received from ambulance services, their staff and many other generous people. In all honesty though, I would dearly wish that all the services would give their support to the ASBF, the only country wide ambulance charity. This would not only ensure that we continue in the provision of care for ambulance staff now but will help the charity move forward and develop care programmes up to the same level as that provided to personnel from the charities of the Fire, Police and the Military.”

    My New Year message to all the UK Ambulance Services CEO’s is very simple. “I invite all Ambulance Trusts to pledge their support to the ASBF in 2014 and encourage staff to raise funds by the many means available to them. This will ensure that we can meet our planned future aims and objectives of providing extra support to those members of staff to deal with that unforeseen personal crisis or period of hardship. We would be delighted to have the opportunity to meet you to explain and discuss the development plans we have for the future of the ASBF.”

    “I would also like to take this opportunity for thanking all the ambulance service magazines, journals and newspapers for donating space for articles promoting the ASBF, to the ambulance manufacturers and equipment suppliers for their continuing support and to the event and show organisers for their generous donation of stand space. We are so grateful.”

    “On behalf of the ASBF Trustees I would like to sincerely thank everyone for their support and wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a Healthy and Prosperous New Year.”

    ASBF Chairman, Paul Leopold.

     

    For further information please visit our website:

    www.asbf.co.uk

    Or email:

    enquiries@asbf.co.uk


    DO SOMETHING AMAZING IN 2014 BY PLANNING A CHALLENGING ASBF FUND RAISING EVENT – OVER £25,000 WAS RAISED THIS YEAR BY THE PEDALLING PARAMEDICS, TRIATHLETES AND MARATHON RUNNERS AND MANY OTHER ACTIVITIES BY AMBULANCE STAFF – COULD YOU MEET THE CHALLENGE AND BECOME A SUPPORTER FOR THE ASBF?  CHECK THE WEBSITE BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION OR EMAIL THE NATIONAL SECRETARY. 

    The Ambulance Services Benevolent Fund Is Caring for the Carers and together we can make the difference!


    Patron: Simon Weston OBE

    Registered Charity# 800434   

  • 07 Dec 2013 3:09 PM | Anonymous member


          Season’s Greetings -

          Simon Weston OBE.




    I have been so inspired with the fund raising activities that have taken place during 2013. The Eof EAS Pedalling Paramedics have again amazed everyone with another marathon bike ride, which this year was from Blackpool Tower to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and all in six days, an incredible achievement! Also from Eof EAS, the lady athletes who competed in the National Emergency Services Triathlon and the lady from the Welsh Ambulance Service who competed in the Cardiff marathon – collectively they have raised over £30,000! Can anyone else meet or beat these challenges? Please let us know.

    These are all remarkable achievements but there are also many ambulance staff country wide who continually support us, selling badges, making regular contributions from donation from salary schemes, such as ‘Give As You Earn’, and many other fundraising activities. There have also been some very generous gifts from legacies, all in support of the ASBF.

    The ASBF is undertaking some important changes with its Moving Forward programmes to improve its operational activities and caring for the Carers programmes and, we will shortly be appointing a full time Director to take the lead.

    These are exciting and important moves for the Charity and we need your support to help us move forward with our plans. Please take up the ASBF fundraising challenge for 2014 and visit our website for further information.

    As Patron of the ASBF I want to thank all our generous sponsors and fundraisers and ask for your continuing support during 2014.

    Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and a Healthy and Prosperous New Year.


    Simon Weston OBE.

    Patron of the Ambulance Services Benevolent Fund.

  • 06 Oct 2013 5:26 PM | Anonymous member

    Ambulance Services Benevolent Fund

    HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER.


    A SPECIALLY COMMISSIONED AMBULANCE SERVICE SILVER CAP BADGE.



    Specially commissioned by the Ambulance Services Benevolent Fund this solid silver cap badge makes the ideal presentation gift for personnel retiring from the Ambulance Service.

    This unique badge is presented in a smart case and comes at the offer price of £87 each with free postage and package.

    This is a much sought after item so to save disappointment place your order today.

    For further information on purchasing this special silver cap badge and to view the full range of other items for sale please visit our website:





     www.asbf.co.uk

    Or email:

     enquiries@asbf.co.uk


    THANK YOU.


    ‘YOUR CHARITY HAS CARED FOR THE CARES FOR OVER 27 YEARS - TOGETHER WE WILL MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE!’


    PATRON: SIMON WESTON OBE

    REGISTERED CHARITY # 800434

  • 28 Sep 2013 6:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    CPD Portfolio Building APP surpasses expectations on initial launch! Creating waves for accessible documentation of learning.  




    CPDme have been overwhelmed with emails and thank you messages from both existing members of CPDme and new followers on our social media channels following the release of the NEW CPD Portfolio Building mobile app for Apple iPhones at the Emergency Services Show 2013 at the NEC at Birmingham. 

    The Team who were on hand to explain our vision were overwhelmed at the positive response from new followers who loved the ease of use of the new CPD App. 

    The team were surprised to see that most people had already downloaded the Apple APP and were easily navigating (and submitting) prior to the team providing a detailed demo on launch day.

    Andrew Ormerod the founder of CPDme is currently in Singapore promoting the APP to Health and Social care professionals worldwide. in a statement Andrew said " I really cannot believe how fast the app has been downloaded and how well the initial version has been received. The app was only approved by Apple around 2am on the 25th September and already is has exceeded our forecasted downloads". 

    The CPD Portfolio Building APP is universally designed for over 100 different Health and/or Social Care professionals to effectively document and maintain an accurate record of learning and professional development. The advantage of using this NEW mobile app is that it features CPD Buddies who act like interactive support workers assisting and promoting a life long learning attitude to recording and maintaining CPD. Similarly the versatility of the app and ability to document 'on the go' or during 'downtime' has received professional praise. This again is to be simplified with future updates to the app via iTunes.

    One of the key elements of building this app was our core ethos was to involve lay CPDme members, public users, Health and Social Care staff and varied professionals to suggest, recommend and critique the best method to influence practice in order to create an essential tool for documenting development and encouraging a life long learning attitude to continuing professional development (CPD).

    A massive thank you to those who have supported CPDme, this app has been developed for you and will continue to be reviewed to meet your expectations. Thank you.  

    The CPDme Development Team

  • 27 Sep 2013 4:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    CPDme Mobile CPD Portfolio APP Live





    CPDme have just launched the BIGGEST feature since we started back in 2009. The CPDme Team have been busy creating the world's first multi-level iPhone Application that will allow you to use the application alongside your CPDme membership.

    The team have designed the FREE APP so that it can be used by virtually anyone who needs to maintain an accurate and personal record of their CPD. 

    The Founder of CPDme Andrew Ormerod said "This mobile app will revolutionise the way we manage documenting our CPD. As a Professional myself, I always keep up to date with my personal development, historically I just didn't have chance to document it. Documenting my learning and development will now be simplified by the APP, as I can quickly record my development activities on the move."

    We have had 100 members testing the app over the last month and now have the final release. 


    Some of the features of the NEW Mobile App include:





    • Submit to Diary - this will allow the app to store your CPD Diary entry until your ready to submit.
    • Submit to Reflection - this makes reflective practice so simple, with our step-by-step guide.
    • Reminder Screen - tells you when you last updated your CPD.
    • CPD Buddy - Let our CPD Buddies remind you to use the app or website to document your development.
    • Easily share your CPD Portfolio with your employer, governing body or print off in a perfect portfolio ready template.

    The app also has 5 other features that are unique to CPDme. These NEW Features have us so excited and will be released each month after the app has launched.










    The CPD Portfolio Application will be suitable for:

    HCPC CPD Record Keeping
    NMC CPD Record Keeping
    Allied Healthcare Professional CPD Portfolios
    Anyone who needs to accurately record their CPD.

    Please note that CPDme is independent of any employer, governing bodies and professional organisations. Although we respect the professional standards set by these organisations, we cannot guarantee that the APP will be suitable for everyone. However its FREE, download it and give it a try.

    For more information about the APP. Please follow us on Facebook or Twitter (search for cpdme)
  • 09 Sep 2013 6:57 PM | Anonymous member

    THE AMBULANCE SERVICES BENEVOLENT FUND.

    STAND Z234

    Emergency Services Show - National Exhibition Centre

    WEDNESDAY 25th – THURSDAY 26th SEPTEMBER 2013 



    The must visit event for the emergency services in the country.

    While visiting ESS please come along to the ASBF stand and meet members of our team who will be pleased tell you about the only country wide Ambulance Service Charity and the work we do to in ‘Caring for the Carers’. Would you consider fund raising? Could you encourage people to help and raise the profile of the ASBF amongst your colleagues?

    We are currently reviewing our operational activities and strategies to move forward with the aim of developing future ASBF ‘Care for the Carers’ programmes.

    If you are interested in joining our special team of volunteers please visit the ASBF (Stand Z234) for a chat. Also see the range of items for sale including ambulance memorabilia, service badges, lapel pins and much, much more.

    We would like to thank the organisers for donating stand space and for the tremendous ongoing support we receive from all our regular sponsors and people who tirelessly fundraise.

    We are also delighted to announce the support that the Journal of Paramedic Practice is generously giving the ASBF by donating advertising space in its monthly publications.

    The JPP is the only monthly clinical publication written solely for paramedics.

    For further information about the JPP please visit their website:

    www.paramedicpractice.com

    Or for subscriptions:

    www.magsubscriptions.com/jpp

    COME ALONG TO THE ASBF STAND (Z234) FOR A CHAT - WE WILL LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING YOU.

    For Further information about the ASBF please visit our website:

    www.asbf.co.uk

    Or email the ASBF Secretary:

    enquiries@asbf.co.uk


    Together we will make a real difference!

    PATRON: SIMON WESTON, OBE

    REGISTERED CHARITY No: 800434

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