As well as storing information about our career history and our qualifications, we need to be recording evidence of our learning and development; and that could be for career development, for appraisal reviews and, of course, for our NMC revalidation.
So, it needs to contain evidence of what we’re doing to keep up to date, how we’re developing our knowledge and skills, and developing our current practice. But is doesn’t have to be complicated.
So, in the GPN learning resource, there is an ‘Evidencing your Learning’ section.
This section links to some really straightforward templates and tools that you can use.
For example: the ‘Record of Learning’ form, or ‘Reflective Account’ form, or some of the work-based learning tools like the ‘SWOT’ analysis or the ‘Action Planning’ tool.
If you were to undertake one of the learning activities or the work-based learning activities, you may want to write up a reflective account of that experience, or you could use a template to record the outcomes, what you actually achieved and what you learned from the project.
You can also learn a lot from feedback, for example if you did a quality improvement project with your team or area of practice, you could ask your colleagues for feedback; what went well and what could you have done differently.
Recording that feedback, and how it informed your practice, demonstrates your learning.
Recording our learning and development, needs to become a bit of a regular habit and it also needs to be easy to do.
So, as well as this resource linking you to lots of templates you can record evidence on, it also links you to the Professional Portfolio.
It’s easy to sign up. You get your own account.
Really user friendly and how you use it is really up to you.
But it enables you to keep all your CPD and all your information in one place, ready for you when you need it.