Life is so busy, it can feel almost impossible to fit in CPD activities. Opportunities to attend funded courses seem to have almost completely disapeared. Suddenly the pressure can be on when evidence of CPD is needed for re registration, appraisal and personal development reviews. If as you read this your heart sinks in recognition then my ‘Everyday CPD’ template is for you.
As professionals our development is an ongoing process. There are many ‘everyday’ activities both in work and out of work that contribute to our learning. The key is to recognise when they happen and capture them. The first thing you need to do is get better that recognising these times. Here is a list of just a few activities and situations that can contribute to your learning:
Watching a tv show
Taking a family member to an appointment
Listening to a podcast
Joining a tweet chat
Researching a topic to better answer a clients question
Observing a colleagues practice in a joint session
My suggestion is that you get into the habit of weekly looking back over your week to identify those learning times. Choose a highlight colour and in your diary (paper or electronic) record and highlight all the entries that have contributed to your development.
The highlighted entries will then need some more detail to effectively demonstrate your development. The ‘Everday Learning’ template will allow you simply answer 6 questions that will provide robust evidence of your learning and it’s outcome.
For more details and an example of how I used the template, with an episode of DIY SOS, watch my short video tutorial on youtube.