Keeping your continuous professional development up-to-date has never been easier. Professional adviser for CPD Gwyn Owen explains what’s available online from the CSP
The CSP ePortfolio is a personal, interactive online space designed to support members’ continuing professional development (CPD).
It is based on a system produced by Pebble, and is freely available to all CSP members through the CSP website.
Since its introduction in 2008, the number of users has grown steadily.
Almost half (44 per cent) of CSP members have logged on to the system and opened a CSP ePortfolio account.
This number continues to increase as members recognise how the CSP ePortfolio allows them to record, organise, store and share evidence of their CPD.
But the CSP’s ePortfolio is more than a repository for your CPD. Since 2011, CSP staff and members have been working together in the ePortfolio space to produce learning resources and tools to support members’ CPD and career development needs.
The CSP’s physiotherapy framework is at the heart of these new resources.
The framework describes the behaviours, knowledge and skills used by the physiotherapy workforce at six different levels – from support to expert.
The CSP’s physiotherapy framework has various uses.
You could use the descriptors and associated learning resources to support your CPD and career planning.
Used with the CSP’s learning and development principles, the framework descriptors could help you develop a course or other CPD opportunity for a specific level or practice area.
In time, the examples of practice and framework descriptors could help you develop a business case, or to help justify why a specific post should not be downgraded.
An interactive version of the CSP’s physiotherapy framework is posted on the CPD resources gateway in the CSP ePortfolio system.
CSP ePortfolio gateways are secure online spaces where CSP members can access and share specific learning and development resources.
Some CSP ePortfolio gateways, such as the CPD resources gateway, are open to all CSP members, while others have restricted access. To find the CSP ePortfolio gateways,log into your personal CSP ePortfolio account and select ‘view’ + ‘gateways’ from the pop-up menu.
As well as the framework itself, you will find some CSP ePortfolio profile tools on the CPD resources gateway. A CSP ePortfolio profile is an online form that allows you to self-evaluate your practice against a set of statements and add evidence to support your evaluation.
A profile can be repeated, so you can track how your practice develops.
There are two profiles published on the CPD resources gateway.
The first is designed to help you evaluate your practice against the statements in the CSP’s 2011 code of professional values and behaviour (www.csp.org.uk/code).
The second aims to help students and new graduates map their practice against the entry-level descriptors of the CSP’s physiotherapy framework.
You can make a copy of these profiles to send to your personal CSP ePortfolio account for completing and adding evidence to show what your practice is like.
New profile tools for the remaining five levels of the framework, and to accompany CSP’s revised standards of practice, will be available soon.
The CPD resources gateway is also where you will find the CPD webfolio.
This interactive site was developed in response to members’ request for a comprehensive resource of information, activities and tools that offered choice and incentives to support individual CPD.
The CPD webfolio contains PowerPoint presentations on CPD, reflective practice and portfolio development, downloadable forms to record reflection/CPD, signposts to other online learning materials within the CSP and beyond, and much more. Instructions to help you find and open the CPD webfolio and the growing body of CPD resources on this gateway is available at: www.csp.org.uk/webfolio
Work is underway to produce some new resources to support members who are involved in helping others learn and develop – whether as a placement educator, a postgraduate course provider or as a mentor for example.
Please contact learning and development team (email: email@example.com) if you want to support the development of these resources. CSP is also working with members to explore the CSP ePortfolio as a tool for managing applications for CSP’s educational awards.
A new version of Pebble will be available in the UK from September (visit: www.pebblepad.co.uk/pp3.asp for an overview). Pebble3 offers all the benefits of the current ePortfolio system (interactive forms, CV builder, tagging, ability to create and share assets and so on) through an interface that’s easier to use – on personal computers, laptops and mobile devices.
Work to road-test Pebble3 with members is underway. Email Gwyn Owen (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to get involved in this pilot which will inform CSP’s decision about whether, how and when the CSP ePortfolio will migrate to Pebble3.
Opening an ePortfolio account
If you haven’t opened a CSP ePortfolio account yet, you will need to register with the CSP website first.
This can be done by visiting: www.csp.org.uk, choosing ‘log in’ at the top of the page and selecting ‘Create new account’.
Once you have logged on as a CSP member to the CSP’s website, visit: www.csp.org.uk/eportfolio to open your CSP ePortfolio account. fl
- Your CSP ePortfolio account has 250Mb of secure web storage space that is private to you.
- You can make paper copies of any content (Pebble calls them ‘assets’) you’ve developed in your CSP ePortfolio.
- Open your CSP ePortfolio. Click on view ‘my assets’. Highlight the asset you want to print. A new ‘pad’ will open on the right hand side of your screen.
- Click ‘send to’ and select ‘printer’. Your document will be printed with the date printed on the page. To change that, just go to ‘page setup’ of the browser and remove the information in the header and footer fields.
- ‘Help’ is available within the CSP ePortfolio. Just click the ‘?’ in the bottom right hand side corner of your screen.
- You can personalise your CSP ePortfolio account homepage. Open your CSP ePortfolio. Click on ‘tools’ and select ‘my Settings’ from the pop-up menu.
- You can share the content of your CSP ePortfolio with other people. Open your CSP ePortfolio. Click on view ‘my assets’.
- Highlight the ‘asset’ you want to share. A new pad will open on the right hand side of your screen. Click ‘send to’ and select web’. Set the permissions by clicking the tick boxes, then click on the page icon and then the green tick. The final step is to send an email with the URL in it to the person you want to share the asset with, inviting them to view or comment on your asset.
CPD activity box
- This CPD activity is designed to help you become more familiar with the CSP’s web-based CPD resources by working through an interactive PowerPoint presentation.
- All you need to use the presentation is access to a computer with a live internet connection.
- You could work through the presentation by yourself, or if you prefer learning with others, why not make some time to work through it with a small group of colleagues?
- You will find the PowerPoint presentation in the CPD webfolio. Instructions to find and open the CPD webfolio are available for you to follow at www.csp.org.uk/webfolio
- Once you have opened the CPD webfolio, click on ‘my learning space’ in the left hand side menu bar.
- A new window will open. Click on ‘Frontline CPD series’ from the left hand side menu bar – you will find the PowerPoint presentation and a form to record your learning from working through the presentation in this section of the CPD webfolio.
- If you have difficulties opening your CSP ePortfolio account or accessing the CPD webfolio, contact Helen Shore. Tel: 020 7306 6602 or email: email@example.com
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