Sheet 7 Dec 2013

  1. All GPSTs are expected to produce and maintain a Personal Development Plan (PDP) during their specialist training and record this within their e portfolio.

  2. The PDP is a tool to record the main learning objectives over the following 6 to12 months.  The ARCP panel will expect to see entries at least every 6 months to demonstrate engagement in learning and reflective practice (Competency area 10).

  3. Learning areas to be put in the PDP will arise continuously during day-to-day practice and should be documented in the learning log.  Entries can be transferred to the PDP (by clicking Send to PDP) when log entries identify learning needs and a plan how to address them has been entered.  The Clinical Supervisor,  may assist to identify those that are most important, so that they can be prioritised and, if necessary, allocated resources in terms of tutorial time, study time or study leave.  It is also an important part of the Educational Supervisor review to review the PDP, discuss progress and help plan the main learning areas for the forthcoming 6 months.  See Curriculum page for details of the curriculum learning objectives from specific hospital attachments.

  4. For the PDP to be useful, it is important that the learning objectives are SMART.

    Specific: the objective should be not be vague and generalised, but should be well defined with clear boundaries
    Measurable: These should be an identifiable outcome that would demonstrate that the objective has been achieved (i.e. an assessment or written protocol etc.)
    Achievable: It should be possible to accomplish the outcome within the time parameters stated, taking into account the scope and constraints of the job, availability of study leave, and other factors such as exams, personal life etc.
    Relevant: i.e. the PDP for a GPStR should relate to the GP curriculum and/or professional development as a GP
    Time-based: Objectives should state a target date for outcome achievement

  5. Examples of non-SMART objectives are given below:

What

How

When

Outcome

To keep up to date with new clinical developments

Attend tutorials

Over the next 6-12 months

Pass exams and assessments

This is not SMART, as the objective is broad and general. There is no measurable or specific endpoint – when does a doctor finish keeping up to date?

What

How

When

Outcome

Learn about gynaecology as applied to general practice

Attend tutorials and ward rounds during ST2 job in O&G

Next 6 months

Be more confident

This is not SMART for the same reasons as above

 

 

6.  Example of a SMART objective

What

How

When

Outcome

Become more proficient, thorough and confident in taking sexual health histories

Practice within joint consultations

During GU attachments during O&G job

Improve proficiency as shown through a relevant CBD and mini-CEX

The need for this objective was identified during a clinical encounter and recorded in the shared log