A Strategic Guide to Continuing Professional Development for Health and Care Professionals
Revalidation, introduced last month, requires nurses and midwives to revalidate with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to maintain their registration
Revalidation, introduced last month, requires nurses and midwives to revalidate with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to maintain their registration. The process tests whether staff are competent within their scope of practice to care for patients safely.
As part of revalidation, nurses and midwives must demonstrate that they have reflected on their continuing professional development (CPD) activities.
Nurse education prepares graduates to carry out reflective practice in their clinical work. However, once qualified, practitioners often need to develop skills in planning, documenting and using professional development opportunities to advance clinical practice and their career.
This guide is chiefly for professionals registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) who are preparing to meet the council’s mandatory CPD requirements. The book takes a multidisciplinary approach and references the codes of regulators such as the NMC and General Medical Council.
The text applies a structured, outcome-based approach to identifying individual learning styles, as well as planning, monitoring and measuring CPD activities using the tell, record, activity, monitor and measure (TRAMm) model.
Practical examples of how to record CPD activities beyond attending courses are included, such as workplace-based learning, participation in group learning activities and social media discussions.
The book includes case studies in which the use of TRAMm tools is mapped to the HCPC framework, though this will have less relevance to readers who are nurses.
However, nurses could use the TRAMm model to help them engage with revalidation because it enables them to focus on improving their practice and advancing their career.