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  • Health Professions Order 2001PART IVEDUCATION AND TRAININGEducation and Training Committee14.  The Education and Training Committee shall advise the Council (whether on the request of the Council or otherwise) on the performance of the Council’s functions in relation to—(a)the establishing of standards of proficiency under article 5 and its other functions under that article;(b)the establishing of standards and requirements in respect of education and training or continuing professional development, as the case may be, under articles 15(1) and 19(4) and (6);(c)the giving of guidance under article 21(2).Post-registration training19.—(1) The Council may make rules requiring registrants to undertake such continuing professional development as it shall specify in standards


  • 1. Implementing an E-portfolio for the Podiatric Profession
    Liz Salem SCP Union Learning Fund Project Manager
    Karen Reed SCP Union Learning Fund Project worker.
  • 2. About the Society of Chiropodists & Podiatrist
    Founded in 1945
    The leading professional and educational body
    TUC affiliated Union
    Major role in providing CPD for members
    No difference between a Chiropodist & Podiatrist!
  • 3. Background
    Traditionally CPD is deemed as ‘going on courses’ or ‘reading articles’
    The Health Professions Order 2001 – requirements for education and training or continuing professional development
    Recording and reflecting on CPD
    Haphazard approach to CPD with little or no planning
  • 4. Union Learning Funded project
    SCP Grant from UnionLearning Fund to deliver key target to improve Union led learning amongst Podiatrists
    Identify, commission and pilot the use of an e-portfolio
  • 5. PebblePad – not just an e-portfolio
    PebblePad – Personal learning space
    500 licences
    Invite Union Learning Reps (ULRs) to lead apply for licences amongst their staff
    Train ULRs, who would in turn cascade the training among their teams.
  • 6. How did we sell the project to the ULR
    ULR were pivotal to the implementation of the project
    Undertook a launch day – North and South
    Project team spoke at meetings of NHS podiatry teams and local branches
    PebblePad team at the SCP conference
    Publicity material for conference and other events
    Adverts / articles in professional journal (Podiatry Now)
  • 7. Eligibility Criteria
    Work in the English Counties (i.e. not available to members from Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland due to funding restrictions)
    Have access to a ULR Be a member of the SCP
    Have an email address
    Have access to internet served computer
    Agree to complete a pre-and post project questionnaire
  • 8. Pre-evaluation questionnaire
    To establish a baseline for the project of members CPD ‘habits’
    Their ‘system’ for recording CPD
    Self rating regarding computer expertise
    Expectations for the system
  • 9. How will members use PebblePad
    Tool for recording, storing and reflecting CPD
    Cascading CPD resources amongst members
    Deliver and assess Podiatry Assistant training
    Self assessing professional competencies
    Communication – nationally and locally
  • 10. Successes
    Podiatrists found the idea of an e-portfolio a very useful adjunct for their CPD
    Fully subscribed to licences by end of December
    Purchased an extra 100 licences
    ULR’s and members enthusiasm
    40 ULR’s undertook half day training on basics of using system
  • 11. Problems and Pitfalls
    Underestimated the amount of administration time to allocate licences and process the questionnaires
    ULR’s lack confidence in taking on training role
    Overall lack of ICT skills and confidence from members
    Only one third of members to activate their licence
    Fear about future of the project
  • 12. Solutions to early problems
    Feedback to ULRs about the number of members who were accessing the system
    Resent login details and reminders
    Re-train ULRs
    Offer advanced training
    Increase publicity and membership awareness of the system
    Get the SCP council on board
  • 13. Potential wins from Project
    Improving ICT skills and confidence of members
    Able to embed functional skills in the training of PebblePad (i.e. ICT, literacy and numeracy)
    Help members prepare for their CPD audit
    Improve understanding of the requirements of the HPC in terms of CPD
    Use as a recruitment tool
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