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CSP launches online resources to boost continuing professional development

13 March 2015 - 10:39am

New interactive resources to help CSP members maximise opportunities for continuing professional development (CPD) have been added to the members' ePortfolio.

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Access the documents using the link below. Resources about person-centred professionalism will be online from 16 March

The CPD Habits information sets, published as PDFs and videos, have been developed in response to members’ requests for accessible information about CPD.

They have been designed to help members fulfil their professional responsibilities and deliver the best care for patients.

They cover a range of issues, including:

  • CPD essentials: explains CPD and how it relates to physiotherapy practice. Signposts users to resources which help plan, record and evaluate CPD
  • Critical thinking: about the importance of adopting a questioning approach to practice
  • Reflective practice: highlights the value of self-awareness and how the individual shapes and is shaped by professional practice
  • Keeping a portfolio: how a portfolio helps track and illustrate ways in which physios maintain and develop their professional practice

Resources about person-centred professionalism will be online from 16 March as a series of PDFs, which are designed to help members optimise patient care. Further material focusing on service user involvement in CPD, will be added in April.

Abigail Onuoha is a physiotherapy student at the University of Essex. She was encouraged by her lecturer and CSP member Joanne Etherton to use CPD Habits for reflective practice.

‘I think the CPD Habits series will be extremely useful to members in developing their portfolios. I think of them as an aide-memoire that physiotherapists will be able to refer back to,’ Ms Onuoha said.

‘They provide ideas about how to shape your portfolio, how to document experiences and – most importantly – they explain the importance of CPD in practice.

‘Personally, I have realised that engaging in CPD should be a meaningful exercise, not just a tick-box activity.’

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