MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Now here’s the video that enlarged the Grinch’s heart.

I just had to include that. I know it’s not very Occupational Therapy-related, but it is too adorable not to share.

I hope you all have (had) a very Merry Christmas and gave/got lots of awesome pressies!

With lots of love,

Munchkin

An afternoon of professional profiling.

Today, I had a strange desire to work on my professional profile. It seriously needs some dedicated attention. The purpose of this afternoon, I decided, was to understand what components my profile really needed and create the templates and structure that would help me to effectively and efficiently maintain my profile in the future.

Structure Before

The structure I was considering prior to this afternoon was:

  1. Table of contents
  2. Summary of my practice over the past two years
  3. Summary of CPD activities
  4. Table of CPD activities
  5. Previous learning objectives and progress
  6. Current learning objectives
  7. Sections based on whatever I decide below containing evidence/specific information

Keep the above in mind, as you will see that this will have changed at the end of my little adventure today.

What did I do?

I started off with creating a graph to help me reflect on where I think I am in relation to the standards of proficiency for the twelve skill categories my course uses (List A) (Wheeler & Lane, 2009). I read over the goals I set for myself in my last week of placement to work on after placement, two for each of the seven placement competencies (List B). I then remembered a discussion during a group supervision session on placement, in which we discussed the different ways you could divide up your professional profile, including using the Health Professions Council’s (HPC) own guidance.

The HPC has a section of its website dedicated to continuing professional development (CPD) (HPC, n.d.), as well as a collection of guidance documents that are useful when working on your profile (List C). They emphasise that CPD can come in many forms (List D) (HPC, 2009). They also have a list of standards (List E) (HPC, 2009), which I should use to judge which structure is best for my profile.

How should I organise my CPD?

I’m slowly compiling a selection of different ways in which I can organise my profile. Should I stick to the university’s structure for now (List A)? Or should I maybe divide it according to types of CPD activities (List D)? Personally, I prefer the latter, though this does not seem to be an option until I graduate, as we need to use our portfolios to inform our coursework for a module…

Structure After

But wait! I open up the pdf from HPC’s website titled ‘How to complete your CPD profile‘ (2009) and see that my previous structure is to be amended by how the HPC expects me to organise my CPD folder.

  1. Profession and CPD number
  2. Summary of recent work (max. 500 words)
  3. Personal statement (max. 1500 words) detailing how I have met HPC’s standards
  4. Summary of supporting evidence – this includes a complete list of CPD activities since registration/renewal (standard 1), as well as more detailed evidence to support what you wrote in your personal statement

Now, I realise that all I’m working on at the moment is Section 4, and I’ll be putting in detailed evidence for everything at this point (AKA a ‘portfolio’), but I want to have placeholders in my profile folder for the first three just to minimise panic if I get that audit letter in the future…

Conclusion

I spent a lot of time writing all this out. I did not expect to go this far…

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My final placement, a bittersweet ending.

Hi all,

I know I’ve taken a while to update. I finished my final placement over a week ago on the Friday, and it was a bittersweet ending.

  • Leaving my students without a proper goodbye, as the final day ended with the Christmas concert, so all the kids simply got off the stage and found their parents. BITTER
  • Finally having some time to relax and sleep and read and play computer games with my Flan and my brother. SWEET
  • The realisation that I now have to focus on my dissertation before the final term starts. BITTER
  • Having six weeks before the start of the final term. SWEET
  • The realisation that I now have only six months until I have to enter the ‘real’ world. BITTER
  • My supervisor confirming that I am, in fact, great with technology and should possibly pursue a career in assistive technology. SWEET
I’ve learned a lot over this placement – a lot about paediatrics, but even more about myself. In the second half, I had to really be honest with myself and work extra hard, and I think I made great personal gains. While I didn’t do as well as my perfectionist self would have liked when I initially began working at the school, I did much better than I expected. Paediatrics is tough! I’m quite proud to say I made it through the fourteen weeks.