In looking at what you have (or don’t have), how long would it take you to pull together all the materials ready for an audit? If you have a portfolio ready it may take no time at all or it could take you a lot of effort and time looking for where you put things and trying to remember what you have done?
Are you a regular user of CPD Record (http://www.imi.org.uk/members/cpd) on the Institute of Medical Illustrators website? Do you regularly add items to your institutions online electronic portfolio e.g. PebblePad? Do you add each activity with information to a folder on your computer or into a CPD folder?
As part of our Personal Development Planning (PDP) or Continuing Professional Development (CPD) it is important that we collect evidence of our practice. We have to be able to show that we are maintaining our standing as professionals. Indeed this is the first of the CPD standards set out by the Health Professions Council (HPC)[i] and followed by the Institute of Medical Illustrators (IMI), see Table 1.
[i] Health Professions Council (2011) Your guide to our standards for continuing professional development. http://www.hpc-uk.org/assets/documents/10003858Your_guide_to_our_standards_for_CPD.pdf
Task 1 – How up-to-date is your CPD portfolio?
Task 2 – Collect and reflect on the evidence of your practice
Task 3 - Work out where and when you can share your CPD portfolio
- Understand the processes involved in developing and sharing your continuing professional development portfolio.