To be able to practice as a Health & Care Professions Council registered professional requires us to demonstrate that we actively develop our knowledge and skills throughout our careers. Indeed, few would argue that continuing professional development (CPD) is of vital importance if we are to continue to provide a safe and effective service to our patients, particularly in the rapidly evolving healthcare systems that we practice.
CPD is a simple term which covers a wide range of ‘activities’ through which we can develop ourselves and our practice (the HCPC lists 53 types of CPD activity with the caveat that their list is not exhaustive!). So while attending a national conference or going on the latest ‘Hammerology’ course may seem like the perfect CPD opportunities, it is often the less obvious; free; and often impromptu opportunities are the most valuable.
Now if only there was a widely accessible, free and open medium through which we could gain access to more valuable CPD opportunities alongside passionate and knowledgeable peers…
Oh, hang on… I’m sure something like that exists… ah yes, SOCIAL MEDIA!
Social media use is on the rise and it is increasingly being recognised and accepted as a valuable tool for healthcare professionals around the world with one of these many uses being as a tool or forum for CPD. Despite this, many challenges still exist. Indeed, like CPD, social media covers a number of entities and knowing which platform is best for the individual and the situation can be tricky. Similarly it can be difficult to know what types of CPD activities can be effectively undertaken (or even recognising when one has just taken place), and how to record these as evidence for our portfolios.
This #physiotalk will aim to address these and many other aspects of using social media for CPD whilst also rather conveniently presenting a CPD opportunity itself! I do hope you can make it, as after all:
“Twitter is not a technology. It’s a conversation. And it’s happening with or without you.” – @charleneli
Questions to think about before the chat:
- Do you use social media as a CPD tool? If so, what platforms do you use? e.g. twitter, Facebook, YouTube, blogs.
- What types of CPD activities do you undertake through social media?
- What advantages or disadvantages do you feel social media has as a CPD tool?
- What are the barriers to using social media for CPD?
- What can be done to improve engagement in social media for CPD?
- How do you evidence your CPD activities provided by social media?
- Using Social media for professional development
- It’s good to talk: social media and CPD
- How to get the best out of twitter chats and CPD
- HCPC standards for continuing professional development
- Physiotalk with HCPC: pre-chat and post-chat information
- My TwitterCPD journey (so far) by @katebye
About our host Joe Middleton @_JoeMiddleton
I qualified as a physiotherapist in 2005 from the University of the West of England, Bristol with a First Class honours degree. Having completed my band 5 rotations, I have spent the last 8 years working as a senior physiotherapist within the speciality of acute medicine and rehabilitation, during which time I have developed a special interest in respiratory medicine and the management of acutely unwell patients. I have also recently completed a postgraduate certificate in healthcare leadership and it was during this that I was exposed to twitter, where I found a burgeoning community of passionate physiotherapists and other healthcare professionals who were doing some exciting things in this online space. This further fuelled my passion as a CSP learning champion, to explore how social media can create opportunities and facilitate knowledge sharing and CPD.
Info on taking part in tweetchats
Post chat information
Another busy chat – thanks to all participants. Many people commented how useful transcripts are to go back and reflect on your Twitter participantion for your CPD – so here is tonights chat (and all previous chats transcripts are always linked to their chat page as well)