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Continued Professional Development

Continual Professional Development (CPD)

Assistant Practitioner CPD and Continued Development of a Reflective Portfolio


If you are a Practitioners Assistant or Orthotic Technician and hold an Associate Membership with the Society a benefit you will have is access to CPD online courses and training days via the member’s area of The Society website.

Past CPD days for Assistants have included training within the following areas:

  • "Talent for Care": a consultation on a national strategy to develop staff working in the NHS, roles banded 1-4
  • Clinical session on Woundcare delivered by Paula Connolly and Adam Bennett from Coloplast
  • Dementia Awareness Workshops- Communication Skills delivered by Hazel Baptiste-Wilson, of Abacus training and workshop of clinical training, delivered by Dr Paul Chadwick and Joanne McCardlle.
  • The Diabetic Foot Workshop including discussions on The Diabetic Foot Competency Framework, Putting Feet First- Diabetes UK and Foot Risk Awareness & Management Education

You can also find CPD training online.

If you have any queries about any of these events or the online training please contact:

Debra Barlatt-Browne - CPD Officer
Email: db@scpod.org
Tel: 0207 234 8636

Reflective Portfolio

In recent years more emphasis has been put on Assistant Practitioners to maintain their own Reflective Portfolio in addition to any clinical paperwork they are required to fill out. In 2013 there was a change in the examination procedure and the written exam was replaced by the submission of a Reflective Portfolio, completed during the training, for review by the examiner. The portfolio helps the Assistant to look back on their history with a patient, to reassess their work and also to keep a good account of their interactions with patient for supervising podiatrists to refer to.

Reflection is a state of mind and an ongoing element of practice. As a reflective practitioner, you learn from experience about yourself, your work, significant others and wider society and culture. Gillie Bolton, in her book on reflective practice identifies that practitioners need to take responsibility for “all their own actions and values and their share of responsibility for the political, social and cultural situations within which they live and work". She also identifies that reflective practice can fall in to the trap of becoming a confession and this should be discouraged, as it passes the responsibility to others.
(Bolton, G. 2010 Reflective Practice writing & professional development. 3rd Edition. London: Sage)

Joy Amulya, from the Centre for Reflective Community Practice (www.itslifejimbutnotasweknowit.org.uk) defines and explains reflection very well:

“Reflection is an active process of witnessing one’s own experience in order to take a closer look at it, sometimes to direct attention to it briefly, but often to explore it in greater depth. This can be done in the midst of an activity or as an activity in itself.

The key to reflection is learning how to take perspective of one’s own actions and experience – in other words, to examine that experience rather than just living it. By developing the ability to explore and be curious about our own experience and actions, we suddenly open up the possibilities of purposeful learning – derived not from books or experts, but from our work and our lives.

This is the purpose of reflection: to allow the possibility of learning through experience, whether that is the experience of a meeting, a project, a disaster, a success, a relationship, or any other internal or external event, before, during or after it has occurred.”

There are various models of reflective practice that can be explored, however one that is used much in health care and education is outlined on the next page and will be used throughout the manual to guide you through the journey.
Gibbs Model of Reflection (1988)

Learning by Doing - G Gibbs

Reflection must not focus on having a bad day, or something which happened and made you unhappy. It is a process of looking back on situations to make sure you have understood them.

If you would like further information on developing a continuous Reflective Portfolio please contact:

Email: assistantpractice.org
Tel 0207 234 8620