Continuing Professional Development

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is crucial for many reasons including maintaining registration with regulatory bodies, the Health Professions Council (HPC) and the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC).

Professional Regulation and CPD

Are you clear about the statutory CPD requirements to retain your registration with either NMC or HPC?

On-going registration is now linked to evidence of Continuing Professional Development for all staff, therefore developing good habits and having an up-to-date portfolio from early in your career will be an advantage.

Log on to the following web sites ensure that you are aware of your own professional body's requirements for Continuing Professional Development. Key points to note would be

  • recent changes in the NMC and HPC statutory requirements.
  • number of hours to be spent on PREP/CPD to remain registered.

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Health Professions Council

Good Portfolio Habits

Flying Start NHS provides a national framework and benchmark for all newly qualified nurses, midwives and AHPs for the first year as a newly qualified practitioner in NHS Scotland. By focussing on one single Flying Start NHS portfolio, you can build good habits for lifelong learning.

Web Resources - Time Management

Am I wasting my time?
This is a diagnostic resource which will enable you to identify whether you are actually managing your time well. It contains advice on how to address any areas that requires improvement.
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How to manage time

Are you constantly busy but never able to complete tasks? Do you feel as though you are continually jumping from one task to the next, and never actually finishing anything? If so, then these guidelines provide a practical framework to help you identify and tackle time mismanagement.
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Four steps towards better time management

Poor time management is one of the principal reasons why people struggle to finish their tasks within a normal working day. As a result, many organisations are finding that they have a 'long hours culture', with stress and illness on the increase. By facing up to any time management problems you should be able to free up some more time, which could, ultimately, help with your work-life balance.
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A practical model for time management

Stephen Covey is one of the most successful self-help authors of all time. In this article we review his time management model, and consider some of his thoughts on how you can use it.
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Getting organised

Organised people are efficient and effective. These top tips will help to ensure that you are well organised at work.
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Work-life balance

This article summarises the issues and findings of the Scottish Balanced Working Lives programme, which aims to improve the knowledge and skills of clinical leaders and human resources staff in the topic of flexible working.
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Managing Time (1)

Using what you have just read and your own experience:

  • make a list of all the things you need to do in one identified shift or day of the week.
  • now rank them in order of importance.
  • break your list down into manageable chunks.
  • set yourself targets with realistic deadlines.
  • try to keep to your plan, noting events which challenge or interrupt it.

Managing Time (2)

Drawing on the learning from the previous activity, now apply it to a longer of period of time, for example over a normal working week. For this activity, select a time management tool which you feel best suits your learning style and clinical setting. Apply this tool, noting when it works well, and what gets in the way.

Portfolio - CPD

Getting to this activity indicates that you are committed to achieving good time management skills and a work-life balance. These skills will stand in good stead throughout your career in NHS Scotland. Make a portfolio entry which summarises what you have learnt about managing your own time, and how you plan to continue to improve. Revisit this activity every 3 months, if you notice bad habits creeping, for example not going home on time, feeling burnt out or overly tired discuss this early with your mentor and explore an action plan to address it.