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Whilst final details of the new regulatory body Social Work England are still to be announced, it is important that social work practitioners continue to maintain their CPD portfolio, demonstrating clear evidence of continual learning opportunities.

There is currently no clear timetable on when the transfer of regulatory functions will occur, but it is expected that SWE will begin regulating the profession in spring 2019. In the meantime, social workers will be expected to re-register with the HCPC when the registration period opens from 01 September – 30 November 2018.

We know that the re-registration process can be tough, which is why we have asked you to share your top tips for keeping your CPD portfolio up to date.

We recommend that you read through these tips and take a few moments to think about whether your CPD portfolio is accurate – don’t forget, that reading the latest issue of Social Work News can be added as a CPD activity!

Your top tips!

“Having been audited myself it’s a lot easier if you keep on top of your CPD log” Kimberley, Middlesex

“Book training months ahead and play your diary around it” Keshia, Halesowen

“Attend training, update your portfolio regularly, use every opportunity that you have has a learning opportunity and be part of network group for social workers because you learn a lot from other” Hilda, Chichester

“Be creative and don't restrict yourself to formal training” Wayne, Sheffield

“CPD us not only for the purpose of HCPC, but also to improve practice and awareness of the ongoing changes in our society” Rose Marie, London

“Short courses are a good way of maintaining and increasing skills. Courses do not have to be directly pertinent to the job, related subjects can enhance overall knowledge base” Samantha, Jarrow

“Use every opportunity to learn new things. E.g. shadowing, inviting people from other organisations to give talks. Look for free courses. Learn from team meetings and supervision” Sam, London

“Use evaluation sheets from training courses to really refine on how you will incorporate that particular learning into your daily practice” Christine, Lancaster

“Keep a proper diary for all courses and any articles that you’ve read. Attend internal training courses offered by your employer and keep abreast through some websites like Community Care, Mental health on-line, SCIE and the Law commission websites. Update your portfolio regularly.” Sasha, Aylsham

“I keep not only every certificate. I keep all training, reading and research logs along with any discussions with professionals and supervision to reflect on what I’ve learnt and what I need to improve” Kelly, Manchester

“Community Care Live is brilliant for CPD but even discussing recent training with colleagues at team meetings can help as you then share the knowledge and vice versa. Continuing your development doesn't always have to mean attending formal training yourself if the information is cascaded to other team members and you learn that way” Jen, Middlesborough

“Make time to learn and grow. Don’t see it as a chore or something you have to do. See it as a way of broadening your knowledge, skills and understanding so that you can continue being an outstanding practitioner. Keep a record of all continued professional development that you complete in a folder and go back to your learning. Share your learning with your peers, help them to develop too” John, Croydon

“CPD portfolios take different forms and is not just based on maintaining structured folio of case work notes and/or reports (whether paper based or digital). To my view, the currency of CPD is reflected in the branding of your work legacy, professionalism and working relationships. That is, ensuring that the work you do today is completed responsibly, proportionately and professionally to the best of ability and to meet requirement of your employers. Your own individual work assignments and approach with recording also leaves an audit trail - good or bad” Merlyn, London

“Keep a diary and to make sure to record all work done for every single work carried out daily. Take every opportunity and do every training offered thus gaining more knowledge and skills for your own development” Pel, Nottingham

“Just keep everything, make notes and insist that this is a standard agenda on supervision. Make sure your supervisor knows what is required and understands what it should contain” Stuart, Scunthorpe
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