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21st Century CPD – The AHP Suffolk Way

I’ve finally got round to actually writing down what we do! Thank you everyone for the push and I hope by sharing that it may help others structure cpd and / or discover more ways that we as health care professionals can stay on top of it! Because that is essentially what we need to do. We have a duty to our patients to be the best we can and we have a duty to ourselves to be the best we can…and that means staying up-to-date on latest best practice.

I love physio, it’s not just a job for me and I find it very easy to be sat on the sofa on a Friday night and be reading research, blogs, Twitter about all things physio. That and having a very understanding other half!! But I know this isn’t the case for some with other commitments and busy lives and that’s fine too, but we still must stay up-to-date…no excuses.

This day and age and Twitter gives us ample opportunity to research, read and connect with people. I’m a big fan and have tried pushing it wherever I go…maybe twitter will send some commission my way. But how can we use time more effectively to remain clinically efficient and CPD efficient. This is by no means a “how to” and it should not replace reading academic literature. For more on this I find this article by Erik Meira a great place to start http://ptpodcast.com/staying-current/

But here’s what we do:

#PODCASTTUESDAY

It started off every Tuesday but as it has grown across sites it could be different days but for 30 minutes on one day a week every site will listen to a podcast or part of a podcast. Usually 20-25 minutes with some time for discussion at the end.

#SPECIALTESTFRIDAY

This has just ended and been replaced, but for 1 year every Friday for 30 minutes we picked a special test, reviewed the sensitivity, specificity, likelihood ratios and its usefulness. We then practiced and discussed why we may or might not use it and the anatomy and pathology that may link.

#WHATSNEWFRIDAY

So we ran out of special tests! And What’s New Friday has taken over. Depending on whose week it is to lead they can choose what we discuss and practice, so that could be a new bit of research, a new exercise, a new technique and even a special test if another pops up!

#AHPSCLINICALWEEKLY

The overarching and now overwhelmingly much revered weekly newsletter, which I’m extremely thankful for, documenting the weeks CPD activities. It comes out every Friday. It started with the first edition simply documenting which podcast we were listening to and which special test we were doing the following week so all our 26 sites could follow. It moved to doing this and reviewing the previous weeks to now a 4 page (if I’m trying really hard to stick to 4 pages that week) newsletter packed with stuff from reviewing the podcasts and weekly cpd to #articleoftheweek, #exerciseoftheweek, #courseoftheweek, #pathologyoftheweek, #drugoftheweek, #techniqueoftheweek, #newsoftheweek. A great team now produce the weekly content.

So for a couple of half hours out your week, some good discussion and reflection you can quickly get good quality learning and education for yourself and your team. Speaking from experience it has dramatically changed my practice and my career and it has changed a lot of what we as a company do on a day to day basis, this is where we picked up all the new research for gluteal tendinopathy, plantar fasciopathy amongst others.

I hope this helps a little and if anything gives you some ideas of how you can utilise the great resources out there. Watch this space for more, in particular an online / on Twitter journal club coming soon – #AHPSJournal.  Thank you to all that have contributed, taken part and made AHP Suffolk’s CPD such a success. Top work. Enjoy the CPD!

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