We are delighted to inform members that we have chosen the mycareerpath® online professional development system, designed and managed by the Engineering Council, to plan, evidence and record professional development. The tool, which is compatible with smart phones, tablets, PCs and Macs, is accessed by logging on to the IPEM website, navigating to MyIPEM and selecting the mycareerpath® tab from the left-hand menu.
mycareerpath® can be used to plan, evidence and record CPD and can also be used to plan, evidence and record progress towards defined competency standards such as the requirements needed to meet the professional registrations of the Engineering Council (EngTech, IEng and CEng) and the Science Council (CSci, RSci and RSciTech).
For more information on mycareerpath® please visit our webpage here.
The five steps to good CPD ...
1. Plan it
An essential element of CPD is the development of an action plan to set out what you need to learn for the following year. These learning requirements may have been identified as part of a work-based appraisal or from your own ideas about what you need to achieve. Many employers will provide their own forms to record these elements. Where an employer does provide relevant forms, it is recommended that the registrant files a copy of their completed forms within their CPD portfolio.
2. Carry it out
For suggestions of activities and examples that you are likely to be carrying out at work and that will count as CPD, please click here.
3. Record it
It is essential for registrants to record what they and their employer and/or service user have gained from the CPD activities undertaken. It may be the acquisition of new skills or gaining knowledge or it may be the maintenance of competency in a particular element of their professional role.
4. Reflect on it
A registrant should demonstrate, by reflection, what has been learned, rather than by describing the activity itself. In reflecting, one approach would be to justify having taken the time and resources to participate in that learning activity and to explain how it has helped further meet the registrant's job description, helped to implement a new or updated technique and/or helped to do a task more efficiently or in a more up to date way. In reflecting on how the activity benefits the employer and/or service user, the registrant should consider how it improves efficiency in the workplace, how it provides greater knowledge to improve working practice in the immediate or wider working area and/or how it meets a strategic objective.
5. Submit it
For those who are selected for IPEM's CPD Scheme Audit, IPEM will require registrants to submit their summary record of CPD activities via mycareerpath®. Please see the example submissions below with comments and feedback from the IPEM CPD Audit Panel from previous years using our paper based process to give you an idea of what the Panel are seeking.
The following were really good examples of CPD recording. Commended by the audit team for their hard work:
Technical Services Manager
Consultant Medical Physicist
Production Quality Engineering Manager
Lead Clinical Scientist
Consultant Clinical Scientist
Senior Clinical Officer in Nuclear Medicine
Principal Clinical Scientist
Head of Nuclear Medicine
The following demonstrated excellent reflection of benefits to self and service users:
Principal Clinical Scientist
Medical Engineering Manager
Chief Clinical Technologist
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need any specific advice about CPD.
For those IPEM CPD scheme registrants with a Science Council registration, please visit the Science Council's CPD webpage for more information here.
For those IPEM CPD scheme registrants with an Engineering Council registration, please visit the Engineering Council's CPD webpage for more information here.
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