The Personal Development Planning Cycle

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The link between PDP and CPD

PDP is a requirement for most staff involved in Medical Illustration whether employed by the NHS, Universities or self-employed and should be an integral part of our everyday activities whether students, educators or practitioners. Simplistically the key difference between PDP and CPD is the focus; PDP is about how we plan our personal learning in support of our careers and professional development and helps you to plan your CPD, CPD is about our learning but also about the relationship between what we learn, the needs of clinical teams and the impact on patient care. So the two are very much linked. When we are involved in undertaking our CPD this is part of our PDP i.e. part of our planned learning and development and when we are following through the PDP cycle and doing our planned learning activities then we are doing our CPD.

This Learning and CPD sheet is designed to pull together into a framework many of the activities that have already been published. It should also help anyone planning to go for audit of their CPD or who have been requested to submit for audit. There are a number of different ways of viewing the Personal Development Planning (PDP) or CPD cycle the one covered here is just one example and shouldn’t be seen as the only way of looking at PDP. For a greater range of activities do look at the book “Skills for Success: The Personal Development Planning Handbook” by Cottrell[i] and the companion website[ii].

[i] Cottrell, S. (2010) Skills for Success: The Personal Development Planning Handbook. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2nd ed.


Where am I and what are my learning needs for the future?
What is the scope of my practice and is it evolving?

Preparing for action
Working out what to do to meet your learning needs

Undertaking a range of learning activities

Showing how what you have achieved benefits you and others

On completion of this learning activity you will be able to:
  • Plan and manage your learning activities to support your personal career directions.
  • Evaluate the benefits of your CPD for you and others. 

Other professional development activities

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