Speech and language therapy is a dynamic and ever evolving field of healthcare and so 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 speech and language therapists (SLTs) work with both adults and children every day to assess, diagnose and treat a diverse variety of conditions involving speech, language, communication and swallowing needs.
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 SLTs 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.
Updating your CPD profile
Keeping an up to date file of progress which documents your activities and achievements so that you have this to hand at any time should you be asked to provide it.
In July every two years the HCPC randomly selects members for audit to submit a profile of their previous 22 months of CPD activities demonstrating how CPD has improved an individual’s practice as well as benefitting service users.
You can find out more about how to fill in a CPD profile and see lots of examples of CPD activities on the Health and Care Professions Council website.
Your profession may also have specific expectations – as a practicing Speech and Language Therapist you may find some of the following information helpful.
The Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists support
The Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists has a Professional Development Framework to enable members to identify learning and professional development needs and to promote and support learning and career development. It covers levels from foundation to expert.The Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists – Professional Development Framework
Clinical Excellence Networks (CENs)
You can find some upcoming network conferences, events and webinars on the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists website.Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists – Clinical Excellence Networks
- 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 the Newcastle Clinical Skills Academy team.