Members give CPD workshop thumbs up

A new CSP workshop is receiving positive feedback from participants, who say it' s broadened their outlook on continuing professional development (CPD).

The workshop Ð 'impact and outcomes' Ð focuses on the need to demonstrate learning from practice and provides guidance on how to document this learning, supported by appropriate forms of evidence. Running throughout the UK this year and next, it' s been delivered in London, Birmingham and Liverpool to date. Participants have fed back a range of comments. 'It broadened my outlook to include all elements of my role rather than just clinical,' said one. 'I will now be able to decide on important information to keep for my portfolio.' Another commented: 'As a manager and as clinical audit facilitator, I will be working to disseminate knowledge. I will also encourage assistants to start CPD portfolios and I will now think more about providing evidence when undertaking CPD.' Other participants indicated that CPD was far more involved than they had appreciated, with lots of avenues to use that could produce effective CPD recording, as well as the importance of evidence-based resources and their link with supporting profiles of learning. Workshop participants are expected to have a good understanding of the CPD process and the principles and techniques of reflective practice and portfolio-keeping prior to attending, as these are not looked at in detail during the day. The thrust of the day is to use information from CPD activities to provide evidence of the outcomes of learning and the impact of these on practice. See Frontline' s course listings section for more information. The next available workshop is on June 30 in Belfast. An application form and information on further workshop dates during 2004 and 2005 are available from the Society' s CPD administrator. Tel: 020 7306 6608, email:

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