Personal Development Plan

Topics: Nursing, Health care, Psychiatric and mental health nursing Pages: 22 (7528 words) Published: April 24, 2013
In this assignment, I will reflect upon my clinical experience and my education to date. In doing this I will highlight potential areas of development needed and will address these through Personal Development Planning. The rationale for doing this assignment is to enhance my professional development by undertaking an annotated reflective report.

In this assignment I will focus and discuss my chosen theme which is Multi-disciplinary team working (MDT). This will mention roles within the MDT, skills for effective MDT working and responsibilities within the MDT. When focussing on my chosen theme within the Professional Development 2 module, I will complete a self assessment by reflecting upon my clinical and educational experience so far. I will use the NMC Proficiencies (2004) as a benchmark and these will be annotated throughout this assignment. NMC Proficiencies (2004) is a requirement for pre registration nurses to achieve in practice before they register as a nurse and practice professionally. From my self assessment I will complete a Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats analysis (SWOT) and a personal/professional development plan addressing the needs I have identified in my self assessment. My plan will focus on my final practice placement and the initial period after I qualify as a mental health nurse.

According to the British Medical Association (2009), the personal development plan (PDP), is a tool that can identify areas for further development and encourage lifelong learning. In my opinion, it acts as a process of planning, monitoring, assessment, and support to help staff develop their capabilities and potential to fulfil their job role and purpose. It is an approach to increase the effectiveness of the organisation's performance through ongoing, constructive dialogue to ensure that everyone knows what is expected of them; gets feedback on performance; is able to identify and satisfy their development needs. Department of Health (2006) explains, in mental health, professionals regularly complete assessments and make clinical decisions on a daily basis. Mental health nurses require to be an active participant in their own PDP the same as service users should be involved and have an active role in their own care (Fraser, 2009).

PDP is a process which aims to improve an individual’s ability to understand what and how you are learning, and to review, plan and take responsibility for your own learning (RCN, 2013). PDP will help an individual to get the most out of their student experience by helping them to take responsibility for their development and raising their awareness of the variety of opportunities for development (Masters, 2009). Learning and development are continual processes and engaging in PDP will help you to develop a positive attitude to all aspects of learning (Department of Health, 2004).

Having a PDP is now an important part of developing our own practice. This is underpinned by legislation such as 10 Essential Shared Capabilities (ESC’s) and theory (NES, 2011). The 10 ESC’s are linked to PDP as they ensure an inclusive and comprehensive approach to training and education. Department of Health (2004) report that education and professional development means participating in lifelong learning and keeping up to date with changes which have been made in practice and theory. Nurses can participate in professional development opportunities for themselves and their colleagues through reflective practice, appraisal and supervision.

When making a PDP there are several important facts of information that are important to include which I have done in my own PDP. These include qualifications, knowledge, theoretical underpinning by working from evidence based interventions, weaknesses and strengths, awareness of practice and theory that needs improvement and also experience gained (RCN, 2013).

NMC (2008) voices, when working in an MDT, professionals are expected to work within...
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