This weeks #OTalk is on the topic of “applying your learning” and will be hosted by Sarah Lawson (@SLawsonOT).
Here is what Sarah had to say…
Hi, I am Sarah (@SLawsonOT), I am an Occupational Therapist, MPhil/PhD student, volunteer member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) North West Regional Committee and Conference Development Team and along with @HearleD we develop TRAMmCPD.
TRAMmCPD comprises of the TRAMm (Tell, Record, Apply, Monitor and measure) Model and its tools the TRAMm Tracker and TRAMm Trail, which collectively are known as TRAMmCPD. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a personal and subjective journey, as well as our professional responsibility and a mandatory requirement of our registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). In order to be effective we need to Tell others, Record and Apply what we have learnt through our CPD activities, Monitor our progress and measure the impact (Hearle et al 2016). Information about TRAMmCPD and free downloads are available from our website (www.TRAMmCPD.com) and if you are a member of RCOT our book us available to view, free via the RCOT website.
Both Deb and I are carrying out Doctoral research into CPD and the TRAMmCPD and our findings have led to a more explicit focus within the TRAMm Model of the importance of the applicationof learning in practice. It is not enough to record that we have learnt something, and reflected but what we do next with what we have learnt is fundamental to meeting the HCPC Standards for CPD.
For the #RCOT2018 Conference with a little help from some friends and students we put together #CPDBingo with one game for before and during conference the other for after conference.
How do you Apply your learning?
The decision to attend a conference or training can involve a lot of planning. You have booked your place, negotiated time from work, arranged the funding, saved money for the trip, all your domestic arrangements are made. You attend the event, learn a lot and have a great time.
You have your certificates safely stored in the carrier bag under the bed… but will your Certificate/s of Attendance be just that or will it/they form a part of your wider engagement in your CPD?
You have engaged in a myriad of CPD activities, some formal others informal, you have a list if you need it in your diary.
You have learnt a range of new things, from talking and listening to colleagues, through social media, reading, listening to podcasts and a whole host of other every day activities.
How do these become part of your CPD?
Questions to Consider:
Q1: What types of activities have you learnt the most from this year?
Q2: If you were at #RCOT2018 in person, followed sessions on Twitter or read any of the blog squad posts what were your most significant learning points, and which have you applied in practice? If you did not attend #RCOT2018 what other events have you learnt the most from and which have changed your practice in some way?
Q3: How have you Applied what you have learnt to benefit yourself?
Q4: How have you Applied what you have learnt to benefit your service users?
Q5: How have you Applied what you have learnt to benefit your organisation?
Q6: What other types of Application of your learning have you done?