I attended the portfolio workshop earlier in the year and remain slightly confused as to the purpose of the PDP. The impression was given that a PDP and it's objectives should seek to link to all curriculum items, so when evidence is linked to a PDP objective it then links to a number of curriculum items.
This appears to me to remove the purpose of linking directly to curriculum items, and also the personalised nature of a PDP. If the PDP can cover the whole curriculum, why do we need both? I think the guidance we should be giving trainees is to create a PDP that is very much individual and separate from curriculum items instead of closely aligning it to existing curriculum items. By example, in my second CT1 post I had specific PDP items relating specifically to my role in an old age day hospital. My first CT1 PDP had generic items such as improve diagnosis, act as as a responsible professional, etc.
There doesn't seem to be a consistent approach that both trainers and trainees are aware of in regards to the PDP and it seems like the utility of this will be reduced until this is clarified.
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