The Personal Development Plan allows a trainee to break down training into smaller chunks and focus on specific areas of the curriculum and can be found on the Personal Development Plan page or on the trainee's dashboard.
The PDP is a rolling document and does not have to be linked to any particular training year or post. In this fashion, it can be used to set short-, mid- or long-term goals.
The PDP is made up of entries generically referred to as PDP Items. There is currently just one template available for PDP Items - the learning objective. This template standardises each entry in the PDP requiring a description of what the objective is and how a trainee plans to achieve it along with a target date.
New learning objectives can be set at any time and can be carried over from one training post to another, or even from one training year to the next.
When creating learning objectives it is useful to think about which curriculum competencies the learning objective is intending to demonstrate. Objectives should not be overly broad, nor so narrow that they are simply a facsimile of an individual competence. They should describe achievable goals, that encompass related competencies. Once the details of the PDP item have been entered, the learning objective should be linked to the competencies it will demonstrate once the trainee has taken part in relevant activities recorded them in their portfolio.
The PDP page shows all a trainee's current PDP items, along with the any linked competencies. When a trainee has mapped activities through the PDP items those links will be reflected here. It will be clear which learning objectives have sufficient evidence, and which need more work. In this fashion, the PDP can be used to help drive a trainee's learning.
Once a trainee is satisfied they have enough evidence for a learning objective, it can be marked as completed. This will set the end date of the objective to the current date and move it into the PDP Archive. Objectives in the PDP archive can be reviewed and re-opened if necessary.