As an Honorary Affiliate of the AAPT, I am fortunate to be able to access and use the on-line AAPT CPD Portfolio.
In January each year, like many of you, I undertake my annual appraisal and performance review.
This also allows for objective setting for the next 12 months.
Introduced in 2016, the on-line AAPT CPD portfolio replaced the old hard copy CPD scheme and enables AAPT members to:
The AAPT CPD portfolio was a really useful tool that enabled me to keep a basic CPD diary and, when it came to appraisal, a reference for reminding of activities undertaken in the last year.
I have to admit I had forgotten I had chaired a session at the Annual Educational Event (AEE) and by recording the activity back in September, I could reference this at appraisal as an example of a new learning experience.
And, of course, I also took the opportunity to reflect on the activity and how I might improve if undertaking a similar task in the future.
For APTs who are registered with the Science Council you are likely to be CPD audited/reviewed each year.
The Science Council CPD standards are as follows:
What CPD might an AAPT member have undertaken in the last year and how does that fit into the Science Council categories?
As a starter for ten, the following might be appropriate:
Work based learning
For APTs of all job grades, during the pandemic, how did your mortuary implement the Guidance for care of the deceased with suspected or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) from the UK Health Security Agency?
Other examples during the pandemic might be the introduction of additional storage for example. What steps did the team, and you, take to maintain the service?
Examples could include mentoring trainee APTs or being an assessor for the AAPT.
If you have been involved in the work of the AAPT, on any of the sub-committees or at a regional level, these are also ideal CPD activities for this category. You might be involved in local managerial networks or have undertaken DVI exercises.
Obvious examples will be attainment of the Level 3 or Level 4 Diploma in Healthcare Science (Anatomical Pathology Technology). Undertaking the Read Test & Reflect (RTR) exercises is another great example of CPD that is free for AAPT members.
You might have participated in the AAPT webinars throughout the year, undertaken consent training or attended the Annual Educational Event.
Self-directed learning examples can include the reading of relevant guidance documents and articles. The AAPT introduced a specific COVID-19 section of the AAPT website and there is also a dedicated publications and resources domain.
Voluntary activities might include helping in vaccination centres or involvement with promoting the profession to those wishing to pursue a career as an APT.
In summary, the AAPT CPD portfolio is an essential resource for APTs, and my key messages would be:
Secretary to the AAPT Council
IBMS "How To" Guide on Reflection