Part Four: Rethinking Professional Development

Professional development (PD) is a critical part of our practice. It keeps our skills relevant and helps to move our profession forward (part one). But while our current PD system has its strengths, it has its weaknesses too (part two). Other professions and physiotherapy abroad approach PD in a different manner (part three). In this… Read More

Part Three: Rethinking Professional Development

How do other occupations approach professional development (PD)? This is what we’ll explore in today’s post. Oh. Don’t forget to read part one (on the importance of PD) and part two (the pros and cons of our current PD approach). The Paint-generated images in these posts are some of my best work! PD party Occupational… Read More

Professional development diary

Use the professional development (PD) section to capture your completed PD. It’s a great way to track your progress en route to your goals. And, you can easily find (then send) your record to your regulatory body, if required. Ideas You could create a section for PD courses, workshops or webinars that catch your eye.… Read More

Part Two: Rethinking Professional Development

In part one, we defined professional development (PD) and examined why it’s important. Now, we’ll explore the pros and cons of our current PD system. What’s good about our PD model? Autonomy We’re in control of our learning. The Physiotherapy Board has entrusted us with this responsibility. Kudos to them. There are no strict boundaries… Read More

Part One: Rethinking Professional Development

Professional development (PD) keeps our skills relevant. It’s continued learning throughout our career so we stay up-to-date with the changing nature of the profession. PD can be both formal and informal: Formal Informal Accredited courses Reading books and journals Conferences, forums and seminars Discussions with colleagues Undertaking research Internet research In-service education programs Reflection –… Read More