Wendy Chambers AHP Practice Education Lead NHS Dumfries and Galloway
It’s the beginning of another new year and as with any new beginning we have an opportunity to “begin again”.
Before writing this blog about resolutions I took a peek into the historical beginnings of this tradition – roots date back to Babylonian times (4000 years ago), ancient Rome (circa 46 BC) and more recently in 1700’s with Covenanter Watch Night services. It would appear that we have a long habit of attempting to make promises, to gods, deities or ourselves, for good behaviour and self improvement in the coming year. Interestingly a survey by YouGov suggests that only 1 in 5 (22%) of us in the UK made any resolutions last year, and of these, only ¼ managed to keep them.
So if you are amongst the majority of us who are unsure about making a resolution this year I have an offer for you:
Resolution: “to keep an accurate record of my CPD and learning activities; which I can then access to plan for my annual PDP conversation and also for re-registration with my professional body”
HOW? – By using the online Professional Portfolio on TURAS.
Watch this short 1 minute animation created in NHS Dumfries and Galloway to introduce the Portfolio resource to AHP staff https://biteable.com/watch/embed/new-procedure-copy-2409632
Professional Portfolio has been available online for nurses and midwives to record CDP evidence for a number of years. It has now been developed for use by the Allied Health Professions (AHPs) – arts therapies, dietetics, occupational therapy, orthoptics, paramedics, physiotherapy, podiatry, prosthetics, radiography, speech and language therapy.
As registered AHP professionals we have a duty to ensure we are continually developing our knowledge and skills and keep a record of this.
As AHP support staff we also need to ensure we are continually learning and developing, in line with the Code of Conduct for clinical healthcare support workers.
Developing a new habit is difficult and requires time, patience and practice. External tools and resources can help support us to develop new habits. The following NES link outlines how to access the Professional Portfolio, generate evidence and create share packs AHP Professional Portfolio – Allied Health Professions
You could also join the AHP 10 Day Professional Portfolio Challenge – in your team, department, on social media #AHPDG @NESnmahp
I plan to both set and keep this resolution for myself in 2020; taking advantage of the external support now available within the online Professional Portfolio tool, to support me to meet my professional and regulatory requirements. Will you join me?
Whatever your resolutions are for 2020 I wish you a peaceful year.