I felt a variety of things when the letter asking me to submit my continuing professional development profile for the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) arrived.
Initially, a wave of irritation swept over me: “What were the chances of that?” sprung to mind. “When am I supposed to find the time?” came a very close second. I put the letter to one side and carried on with my to do list, which spanned two pages of A4.
But gradually when the profile popped into my head I started to feel a little excited and pleased that at least my relative diligence had paid off.
Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t keep my CPD log up to date on a constant basis, but every few months I would get an attack of conscience, collect my certificates, diary dates, lists of books or articles I had read and dutifully record my activities. At least someone was going to see how organised I’d been!
As it turned out, completing the profile was actually a very useful process. It was an opportunity to revisit learning that I had undertaken. I was reminded of articles that I had found stimulating or helpful and I used them again in my work. I enjoyed thinking about how my learning had led to benefits for the service users that I worked for.
It took me a good couple of afternoons to pull everything together but now I’m more focused about what opportunities I’ll look for in the future.