What is a CPD portfolio?
A portfolio is a tool to support you meet a range of requirements linked to your CPD. It captures activities you have done and when you did them, what you have learnt from doing them and how this learning has affected your practice. It's
- a record of your professional development and experience
- specific to your work practices and roles
- reflective and evaluative content, not just a record
- confidential documentation
- useful as an historic, current and future learning tool.
CPD activities cover self-directed learning, courses, reading professional journals, active involvement in a clinical interest or occupational group, case studies, networking, clinical audit and reflective practice. You may often undertake CPD without realising it.
Capturing evidence of your learning from CPD activities and your day to day practice demonstrates:
- the impact of this learning on your practice
- provides you with a picture of how you are remaining a competent, safe and effective practitioner
- highlights how you can continue to develop to ensure you continue to maintain this competence and effectiveness throughout your professional life.
You should collect documentary evidence that can be used to support your claims about your learning, skills, knowledge and abilities.
Your portfolio should also include your use of appropriate evidence-based practice resources. Ask yourself:
- how do I use the evidence-based resources in my practice?
- what evidence do I have in my portfolio that I use these or that these underpin my practice?
- what have I learnt from using these in my practice?
Your portfolio is confidential to you: no one should look at your portfolio unless you have given permission. It's a private collection of evidence that demonstrates learning and development as well as a tool for planning future learning.
A profile is a collection of evidence of your professional skills, knowledge and abilities, selected and extracted from your portfolio to meet the demands of a particular audience. Evidence taken from your portfolio may be used in its original format or may need to be reformatted, depending on the demands of the particular audience.
- An outcomes model: demonstrating professionalism through CPD
- The CPD Process
- Health Professions Council (HPC) CPD standards & resources
- Modernising Allied Health Professions (AHP) careers: a competence-based career framework
- CSP Policy Statement on Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
Using your portfolio
The evidence collected in your portfolio has many uses:
- job application and interview preparation
- appraisal discussion
- HPC CPD standards profile production
- Knowledge and Skills Framework development reviews
- Accreditation of Clinical Educator (ACE) scheme submission
- HPC Return to Practice requirements
- Gain accreditation for prior learning (APL) and prior experiential learning (APEL) from higher education institutions
- Apply for further study at a further or higher education institution
- Underpin an application for funding for formal study
- Meet clinical interest or occupational group CPD processes
Evidence of your learning in your CPD portfolio can help you meet all of the above.
Using evidence of achievements
Suitable material for your portfolio can come from a wide range of sources:
- things you may have produced, eg: information leaflets; case studies; critical literature reviews; adapted patient / client/student notes
- materials demonstrating reflection and evaluation of your learning and practice, eg: profiles derived from your portfolio; adapted documentation arising from appraisal, clinical supervision, job evaluation, compliance with locally and nationally-implemented competence frameworks; policy or position statements; discussion documents; procedural documents
- materials you may have acquired from others, eg testimonies; letters from users, carers, colleagues or students; course certificates; personal development plans (PDPs); business plans; presentations; contributions to the work of your organisation/professional body/CIOG