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Other suggestions from the pilot users g r o u p i n c l u d e d : Site-based in-service training sessions on how to use the diary A mechanism to list all CPD activities according to dimension categories, and relate these to your KSF dimensions Using first names and surnames when posting messages in the forum rather than a formal title, eg Mrs A spell-check in the diary Prompts on reflection and development, as in the paper version Adding the significant events analysis to the CPD website

The RCSLT welcomes these suggestions, all of which will feed into and influence the final product.

In response to some of the specific feedback above, Sharon Woolf comments, “The online diary has been designed as a planning and recording system rather than a word processing programme, which is why there is no spell-check function. You can write your text first using a word processing package, such as Word, and spell-check it before uploading it to the online diary.

“The Toolkit will be available online so you will be able to download or complete the forms you need. However, we recognise that paperwork differs greatly between PCTs, health boards, local education authorities and social care settings, so the forms are included in the Toolkit as a resource for people who do not have anything similar to use in their workplace.”

Start using your online diary The online diary will support you in complying with the RCSLT’s CPD standards. T h e d i a r y o f f e r s t h e s e g r e a t a d d e d b e n e f i t s : Email alerts A forum for discussion Summative functions of hours or analysis of work done of type of activity required to meet RCSLT standards

“We have now to included some ‘prompts’ on reflective writing to users in the review of activities section of the diary,” Sharon adds.

Although the HPC audit on CPD for SLTs will not take place until September 2009, if you are selected for audit you will have to report on your CPD activities for the previous two years.

The RCSLT is helping you to prepare for this by giving you the diary now so that you have plenty of time to get used to it. We are


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also compiling a list of frequently asked questions and their answers to address some of your concerns.

Future developments The RCSLT met with its IT partners, Premier IT, on 6 March to iron out any ‘snagging’ details. We plan to examine the diary again in November 2006 to assess any major diary amendments that might require further


By then, more members will be using the diary and the RCSLT will be able to determine what additional diary features for the diary would be useful.

“The RCSLT is looking forward to receiving feedback from all users via the message forum or by email, all of which will feed into and influence this evolving tool,” Sharon says.

Log on to the new RCSLT online CPD diary

If you have computer and Internet access you will be able to log on to your CPD records easily and quickly using the online diary.

If you have any questions or concerns about using the diary, email: sharon.woolf@rcslt.org

Further information on CPD, the toolkit and the online diary will be available at: www.rcslt.org/cpd from mid-April

Commissioning a patient-led NHS: what does it mean for you?

An essential conference for all allied health professionals

27 April 2006, Holiday Inn, Regents Park, London

Find out about the big issues: System reform: Kay East, Chief Health Professions Officer

Commissioning: Heather Wicks, Head of Commissioning and Service Redesign, Oxford City PCT

Payment by results: Noel Plumridge, former NHS Finance Director Different provider models: Jo Webber, NHS Confederation Workforce planning: Judy Curson, National Workforce Review Team Connecting for Health: Jan Laidlow, Connecting for Health AHP Clinical Lead

Listen to these key speakers Have your say on this important topic Network with your health, education and social care colleagues Take away essential learning to help you develop your role

Great value: £65 for RCSLT members and £110 for other allied health professionals

Visit: www.rcslt.org/april27 for more information and to book your place online

April 2006 bulletin


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