Planning Development

Planning Development

Explore the tabs below to find out about CPD, how to plan your professional development and the opportunities available to you.

What is CPD?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. It refers to the process of tracking and documenting the skills, knowledge and experience that you gain both formally and informally as you work, beyond any initial training. It's a record of what you experience, learn and then apply. Among many other benefits, CPD ensures you keep up the pace with the standards in your field, contribute effectively to your team, help advance your own knowledge, and increase your future job prospects.

The best way to track and shape your Personal Development is to build a Personal Development Plan (PDP).

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What is CPD?

Transfer of Learning

Whatever the method, managers should not assume that people will automatically be able to use their new-found knowledge or skills in their own role. It is not always that simple.

When considering any development needs, always be clear about what you expect you will be able to do as a result of the learning, or what you expect that you will be doing that will confirm the development was worthwhile. This will enable you to select the most appropriate method of development to ensure that you are able to transfer the learning gained to your work situation.

When selecting a development activity, ensure that:

  • The development activity and the development need are similar
  • There is an immediate link between the development activity and the role requirement
  • There will be a benefit for using the knowledge or skills in the workplace, i.e. it will improve working methods/efficiency
  • You are encouraged (by your manager or peers) to try out new skills and approaches sooner rather than later

Development Options

‌Listed below are a range of development options which can be considered when deciding how to meet a development need.

Learning style preferences also have a bearing on the most appropriate development activity to meet your needs and the development needs of your team.

Financial implications are clearly a factor too when determining development activities, however, not all development solutions need be costly. Managers and individuals need to be creative when considering development options available to them. Also, being clear about how you will measure the success of any development activity is also key to identifying the right option.

Download the Planning your Personal and Professional Development Guide for more information on the Pros and Cons of each type of opportunity.

If your new development requires financial support or cover from your department, look at the Professional Development Agreement.

Performance Development Review (PDR)

If you need any help in building your Personal Development Plan (PDP), in the first instance talk to your line-manager and start a conversation. The perfect time for this is within your PDR.