Personal/Professional Development Planning (PDP)Year one
Mary McCartneyFebruary 2010
What is PDP?Structured processSupports you in achieving your:CareerEducationalProfessionalPersonal goals
The school will guide you through this process using a number of activities and supports.
Why engage in this process?Successful professionals set and achieve clear personal goalsAs a student you will learn to do this through PDPHelps you utilise QUB supports to best personal advantageEmployers will be interested in your WHOLE development as a person
continuedPDP helps you evidence your strengthsHow you used your strengths in a variety of contextsMost relevant to you now: supports your progress on this course
PDP ProcessConsidering the evidence relating to your progress to date (Reflecting)Deciding on the next steps to take (Planning) Taking those steps (Doing)Monitoring and reviewing your progress as you go (Reviewing)
ReflectingNB a key nursing skillThe first step in academic, personal and career development is working out where you are now. Reflecting helps you to make sense of your experiences, thoughts, knowledge and ideas, to realise what is effective and how things could be improved, and to identify what to do in the future. Within this phase of the PDP process, you should reflect on, or think about your current learning, performance and achievements.
think about and record a plan to achieve your goal. A good starting point is to define your goal the SMART way to make sure you have the resources and time to complete it. This will help you plan the steps needed to achieve your goal.
Defining your SMART goal will help you decide what you are going to do and what the result will be.
Specific (identify exactly what you are going to do and what the result will be) - e.g. to present to your group within 5 weeks Measurable (so you know when you have achieved it - what will be the outcome?) - e.g. you know you have created and presented when you actually make your presentation to your group Achievable (your objectives should be challenging and developmental, but also something you have resources/support to achieve) - e.g. you have the resources to create and presentRelevant - making a presentation to your group should be relevant to your developmental goals Timed (set a timescale and deadline) - e.g. In 5 weeks
The third step in development is achieving your goal. As you complete your action plan steps you should gather evidence to help you prove to other people (e.g. a potential employer) that you have developed a skill, or completed training, for example. There are various forms of evidence you could gather including certificates, feedback from others, and the materials you produce when accomplishing your goal (e.g. PowerPoint slides from your presentation).
If you spend some time reviewing your goal after you have completed it, you should learn more about yourself, and be in a position to enhance your personal, academic and career development. Considering questions like: What strengths emerged and how can I use these in future?, can help you make the most out of your skills and abilities; and What areas for development emerged and how can I overcome these in future?, might help you identify future goals. Remember that this is a private document; you do not have to show it to anyone else, so be honest with yourself and you should benefit more from the experience.If you were unable to complete your goal, you can use this section to work out what went wrong, how you can overcome difficulties, and how to achieve your goal in the future.
Year 1 PDP Goals 1PDP Goal Information Goal Title: Develop your independent learning skillsGoal Description As a university student you are expected to take responsibility for your own learning. This requires you to make regular and honest appraisals of your own progress to date and to plan your own studies and address most challenges, in terms of your understanding of topics, yourself.
Year 1 PDP Goals 2PDP Goal Information Goal Title: Develop Professional Skills and AttitudesGoal Description: Professional skills are embedded throughout your programme There are important attributes for all who are involved in a nursing role. The code of professional conduct
NMC guidance on professional conduct for students Sept 2009
Year 1 PDP Goals 3Improve your performance in assessments; online exams, written assignments Throughout your course, you shall be expected to cope with a range of assessments. Like any other aspect of your course, you should view these as a learning experience and review your performance in each so that you can; a) Identify your strengths and replicate/build upon them in future. b) Identify areas for development so that you can eliminate them from future performances. .10% Year 1 results will contribute to your degree classification
PDP E-Folio on QOLBelongs to youMy school resources-Learning Development Service link: Time Management Links to university resourcesLinked to NIPEC E-folio
PDP E-folio HomepageClick on PDP E-folio in QOL menuClick on tabs and hyperlinksto access otherpages
Contacting your Personal Tutor via e-mailEnsure that you click to tick the Personal Tutor that you wish to e-mail (some students may have more than one option)
Composing your e-mailClick on Browse to select the file you wish to attachEnsure your title is relevant and clarifies the content or subject for your Personal TutorNote tone of e-mail is professional And courteous. Also student has identified year group
The My School page with link to NIPEC EFolio
Support for literacy skills development Academic writing skills lectureSubmitting to JISCAlways use the recommended referencing guideLearning Development Service via PDP my school pageUse your study skills bookModule preparation for nursing and society assignmentSpecific issues? Email your personal tutor-DONOT delay
literacy: Workshop June 2010Feedback form from your assignmentReflection guidance providedAttend level 1 workshop June 2010Submit reflection to your personal tutor at phase 2 meeting June 2010FEEDBACK - FEEDFORWARD
Support for Numeracy skills developmentNumeracy testResults from personal tutor prior to placement 1Practice using Numeracy: The Essentials resources for year 1 on PDP my school page regularlyDiscuss specific issues with personal tutorAttend workshops if score 15 or less. You will be notified by email of these dates
Preparation for PracticeModule teamRecord of Achievement and AssessmentNMC guidance on professional conduct for students (see Nursing Practice module resources)Discuss concerns with Personal tutorEveryone feels some apprehension
Useful SupportsGeneral Course issues/anxieties
Module specific issuesPersonal issues/general study issuesContact email@example.comDiscuss with your tutorial group lecturer
Email your Personal tutor
University supportsLibrary issues; cannot find the book/journal; stuck with reference
Managing your money stressing you Contact your friendly nursing librarian Brenda. firstname.lastname@example.orgReceive confidential advice from Debbie in Student Union email@example.comLecture December 2009
University Supports; counselling servicesFeeling stressed under pressuregoing through a rough patchPersonal tutor is there to listenConfidential student Counselling Service is ready and able to support you. Phone 028 90 97 2727 Workshop June 2010
Occupational HealthAny back injury
Back pain in placement
You must keep occupational health appointments
Occupational health appointment required Occupational health must sign you off as fit for placement Non attendance may affect your ability to be in practice028 9097 5520
Medical or Disability issuesShould be reported to the school: Personal tutor Assessment by occupational health and disability services. Notification to school of adjustments requiredNotification to academic and placement staff required by law and to meet NMC requirements to ensure adjustments are made to support you.
Individual meetings regarding student support issues for practice Attendance is compulsoryqueries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Organising yourselfConsider your time management skillsAttendance in class demonstrates professional commitmentCreate a folder in your H drive for each of your modules to store your notes. Keep your references here using the proper referencing system. This will save you time in the long run and improve your marks
Feeling disorganised/not keeping up with the course Talk to your personal tutorIts never too lateRemember there are no repeats of modules as there were with A levelsYear one results contribute 10% to your degree classification
Make sure your voice is heardSSCC reps SSCC meeting 22 March 2010
Any questions or queries:
Head of Unit Student Support