Hopefully you are almost there with clear and comprehensive evidence of how you have met the first 4 HCPC standards? Fantastic achievement and still another year to go!
In this blog we will think about your previous year and the evidence you selected. We will review the main problems that people can make when sending in their evidence to the HCPC, and check you have not made the same mistakes.
What have you learnt about during pulling together all your evidence? How much you have achieved? How little you had recorded? Your lack of reflection on each activity? Your surprise about how easy it’s all been? Like me you will probably be slightly surprised about how much you have achieved in the year and possibly how little you have shouted about it?
This is an opportunity to blow your own trumpet, we rarely do this enough as a profession. You are also still keeping a head of the game and making sure that if you read the words, ‘You have been randomly selected for our CPD audit process.’ you will be calm and prepared.
See if you can put a tick next to the following statements?
I have a list of CPD activities recorded from October 2013 to July 2014
These activities demonstrate how I have achieved each of the standards
I have maintained confidentiality in my record of activities and reflections
All the above information is my own work
What you are going to do now is write 700 words explaining how you have met the standards. Don’t panic, this blog is only 600 words long so it’s not a lot.
If you are selected you will be asked to write up to 1,500, so once again you will be half way there and have had a go without any need to worry. Knowledge is never wasted and can be quite powerful. Even if you do not get selected, and we are all hoping for that, you will know you can do it. Like we said in the first blog we hopefully won’t be as anxious come next August when white letters drop through your door.
By now if you have acted on all the blogs over the past months you should be feeling competent and confident in what you have achieved. You will have a list of your CPD evidence from the previous year, identified what you have learnt, how you have improved the service and how it has benefitted service users. This information will be invaluable where ever you work. How many times do we hear the questions, ‘What exactly is OT?’, ‘We don’t need OTs the XXX do all that.’, etc, etc I am sure you could add another dozen. If I had a penny for every time I have heard that over the last 30 years I would be a very wealthy person, but still a practising OT!
Well the information you have gathered is the answer to all those questions. You will be able to state clearly the service you have provided, and how it has benefitted service users, with clear evidence.
So have a go try and put together 700 words explaining, what you have learnt this year, how this has helped in the quality of the service that your provide, and how this has benefitted the people you have worked with.
We all know how fantastic OT is let’s make sure everyone else has some clear knowledge and understanding as well. Your individual future as an occupational therapist and our future as a profession and depends on it.
In the next blog we will use the information you have gathered to reflect and move your practice forward with everything you have learnt.
Read the next installment in this HCPC series here
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A note from the author:
My blogs are a culmination of over thirty years experience working in Occupational Therapy, including material from my books and conference presentations.
They answer the real queries and questions that 100's of undergraduate and post graduate students, qualified OT's and managers, that I have had the privilege to work with and supervise continue to asked me.