Physiotherapy is a dynamic and ever evolving field of healthcare. The range of roles and responsibilities across a multitude of clinical specialties continue to diversify at pace which means that keeping up to date with the latest developments to continually build skills and knowledge is key to future proofing an exciting and fulfilling career.
At Newcastle Hospitals our physiotherapists are essential members of many multidisciplinary teams as they care for both adults and children with a wide range of conditions every day.
They help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice and their input to many patients care pathways can be truly lifechanging.
As our Trust offers the second largest breadth of specialist services in the UK, we offer excellent career prospects and are committed to ensuring our physiotherapists have access to all the education and development support that they might need.
CPD support at Newcastle Hospitals
Career aspirations can be discussed at annual appraisals in close liaison with line managers, or at any other time of the year, to help understand and plan how we can help you to take steps forward and achieve your goals.
For example, you may wish to specialise in a particular area of practice or explore teaching or research. Further training can support you to prepare for a future role – you may wish to become an advanced clinical practitioner or progress into management.
Annual appraisals help to shape personal development plans to set out learning opportunities which can be provided either in-house or externally.
Choosing the right CPD for you
There is a huge and diverse range of learning and development opportunities for you to choose from. We offer a wide variety of courses which are run in-house by our Education Workforce Development team and you can seek advice from our team here at the Newcastle Clinical Skills Academy about what might work for you.
If it’s something relating to leadership that you’re looking for then head to the Leadership section of our website to find out more.NMAHPs Leadership
If you have a particular interest in research then our section on how to #MakeSpace4Research will tell you everything you need to know.NMAHPs Research
You have the power to make your own decisions about which CPD activities are most beneficial to you, your practice and your career.
Health and Care Professions Council
As Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) Dieticians are members of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and are required to meet the HCPC’s 5 CPD standards.
Your profession may also have specific expectations – as a practicing Physiotherapist you may find some of the following information helpful.
Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP) support
The CSP offers an extensive range of personal and professional support to assist its members in upholding the highest standards of practice and to develop themselves continually throughout their career.
To maintain and enhance their professionalism and competence physiotherapists and physiotherapy support workers are expected to:
- actively engage in CPD
- document and evidence their CPD
- apply learning from CPD to their practice
The CSP website has a CPD and education section which holds a wealth of useful information and advice around:
- Professional development
- Post registration programmes
- Advanced clinical practitioner apprenticeships
- Funding awards
- High education institution educators
There is a career development and personal planning section focusing on personal development plans (PDPs) which, alongside other tools and resources, can help physiotherapists develop and support their career.
There are also CPD templates to help plan, record and evaluate learning from different situations and experiences.
Documenting and evidencing CPD activities can be challenging – the CSP offer an ePortfolio which enables the creation of a digital portfolio of work, reflections and achievements. There is also an online learning hub with courses, modules and eBites – short videos, courses and assignments that take about 10 to 45 minutes to complete.
You’ll find out about upcoming courses, events, webinars and conferences on the Courses and Events section of the CSP website.
- To find out more about how to benefit from CPD funding and other learning and development opportunities at Newcastle Hospitals, speak to your line manager in the first instance or get in touch with our Newcastle Clinical Skills Academy team.