The Personal Development Plan allows a trainee to break down training into smaller chunks and focus on specific areas of the curriculum. It 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 competency. They should describe achievable goals that encompass related competencies. Once the details of the PDP item have been entered, the learning objective can be linked to the competencies it will demonstrate. When a trainee then takes part in relevant activities, these can be mapped to the curriculum through the learning objective. To find out how to do this read our step-by-step guide: Add a PDP item and map it to a competency.
The PDP page shows all a trainee's current PDP items and highlights if a PDP item has been linked to competencies.
When a trainee has mapped activities through the PDP items those links will be reflected in the PDP item. It will be clear which learning objectives have 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, the learning objective 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.