11 Aug 2021Resource
Whether you are just beginning your career as an AHP or are a seasoned professional, you will most likely be aware your CPD must include a mixture of different types of learning. HCPC requires you to carry out at least two different types of learning activity, although in practice you will most likely do much more than this.
The types of CPD can include:
But what does this look like in reality? In some ways, as a non-clinical AHP, resources can be harder to come by, but there could be many things you are already doing day-to-day that can count towards this mixture of activities. The key thing for non-clinical CPD is to demonstrate that your activities are linked and relevant to your scope of work.
Here are just a few suggestions to get your CPD juices flowing:
These are relevant forms of CPD for non-clinical roles. Being able to provide supervision is especially important and predicted to be in demand at the moment given changing and extended roles, uncertainties, higher levels of stress, and increased remote delivery due to the pandemic.
Depending on what is required of your position, these could be gained from performing roles such as Regional Advisor or Educational Supervisor for AHPs, or they could centre around business planning, writing, or reporting skills that could apply to your field of work.
For example, The Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice - ASLTIP, The College of Paramedics, The British Dietetic Association, The Royal College of Occupational Therapists, and THe Royal College of Radiologists.
Such as Rachel Moses (@AHPLeader).
Google Scholar can also be a good source of new research - for example, this paper on “Strengthening Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professional Leadership in the UK - a realist evaluation” or this journal article on “Frontline Allied Health Professionals in a Tertiary Children’s Hospital: Moving Forward Research Capacity, Culture and Engagement”.
These could be related to your specific healthcare profession, or may tie in with your non-clinical areas of interest.
Catch up with debates and documentaries through BBC Sounds. There are often programmes of AHP interest, as well as business and career-focused topics.
Many webinar providers will make their presentations available for viewing after the event, so keep an eye out for these great free resources.
Topical news stories often give opportunities for reflection on your own practice.
Such as from your experiences when taking part in a campaign like AHPs Listen.
For example, The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Training Hub runs a coaching programme with mentoring taster workshops.
This could include things like enhancing your IT and digital skills.
This can be a good way to keep up to date on industry topics and trends.
Meet with colleagues to discuss and reflect together on industry-specific journal articles. Your colleagues may have different viewpoints that you can mull over together.
If any of these have jogged your memory, or inspired you to start consciously tracking your development activities, then make sure you diarise some time to log and reflect on them.
Whether that’s in a fancy notebook, a spreadsheet, or a CPD tracking app like Julia, by capturing what you are doing regularly, your CPD history will build up in no time!
Please let us know on Twitter if you have any additional suggestions for activities and resources and we’ll update our list so everyone can benefit.
Please note that Julia is not affiliated with any external content nor is it endorsing any particular resources as successful CPD practice.