Keep your CPD up to date

Jane Redfern Jones
What 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.
CPD 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 improve
Lifelong Learning
The Prep CPD standard
• This 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 years
• maintain a personal professional profile of their learning
• comply with any requests to audit how they have met
these requirements.
Achieving CPD
• Post Registration Education- University courses
• Attending conferences
• On the job training, in-house training courses.
• Secondments
• Shadowing, covering colleagues, acting up into a senior
Achieving CPD
Reflective practice
Reading professional Journals - Nursing Standard
RCN Forums
Working across boundaries eg link nurse
Developing a knowledge about national and local health
policies and directives
Getting involved with a local health project
Voluntary work
Producing patient information leaflets
Writing an article for publication
Producing a website
Useful links
Create a Portfolio
• All 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?
A 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.
A 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.
What should be in your portfolio
• Up-to-date copy of CV
• Critical incident review
• Personal and professional feedback
• Defining moments - reflection
• Making a difference - reflection
• What’s going on? Health policy and politics
• Action plan for developing skills and knowledge
Reflect on Feedback
• You 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.
Keep 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.
Stay positive
• Don’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.
Make use of technology
• The RCN provides an online service where you can
maintain a portfolio.
• You can also manage your portfolio on your personal
Thank you for coming