Once of the advantages of Twitter is that you have a ready-made record of your activity. The challenge is to turn this activity into a meaningful record that shows the impact of your learning, and meets your employer and regulator CPD standards.
Here are some suggestions on evidencing your learning from social media activity, using the . HCPC standards for CPD. The principles are very similar to other forms of professional activity or self-directed learning.
1. maintain a continuous, up-to-date and accurate record of CPD activities
- Add relevant twitter activity, such as participation in tweet chats and other discussions, to your CPD diary including dates and a brief description.
- Include evidence of learning from Twitter in your CPD portfolio – whether paper or electronic. This could include a screen grab, Storify and a reflective statement.
2. demonstrate that CPD activities are a mixture of learning activities relevant to current or future practice
- Include use of Twitter when planning your personal development, for example in your SWOT analysis and personal development plan. Summarise how it is relevant to your role, how it will contribute to your objectives, goals, and development and how you think it will benefit your service and service user.
- There are different ways to use Twitter for CPD so choose what suits you best, this might include following organisations, experts and opinion formers; taking part in tweet chats or more spontaneous discussions; and posting questions to colleagues and followers.
- Use Twitter as a method of CPD alongside, and to complement, other learning and development activities.
3. seek to ensure that CPD has contributed to the quality of their practice and service delivery
- Reflect on, and document, how using Twitter has been relevant to your role and examples of how it has helped to improve the way you work. Examples might include professionalism, communication skills, working innovatively, helping others to use social media, and influencing changes in service design or care pathways.
- This could also include a statement from your colleagues or manager describing how your use of social media has benefited your team or service, for example as part of your annual appraisal.
4. seek to ensure that CPD benefits the service user
- Examples will depend on your service user (patients, students, members of staff, the public) but might include improving the quality of care for an individual patient or group of patients, or informing changes in service design or care pathways
- Another example might include using Twitter to help a patient, carer, or service user find sources of information and support through social media.
- As above, writing a reflective statement on significant learning or activity will help you keep track of examples
5. upon request, present a written profile explaining how you have met the standards for CPD
- In the same way as for other CPD activities – planning, reviewing and regularly recording your use of Twitter, and the impact of your learning, alongside other CPD activities, will help you provide the right information if you are asked.
See our page on top tips for twitter CPD for more.