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  • 11 Dec 2013 6:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
     
    Social Media in the contemporary CPD climate.
    Using Social Media to motivate your Continuing Professional Development (CPD)








    Social Media in the contemporary CPD climate.


    Health Professionals need to align with evidence-based practice as well as meet the continuing professional development (CPD) requirements of our various professional registration boards and practice requirements. Recently there has been rapid growth in the technologies used to provide CPD. HP’s have found themselves in a position where they need to overcome barriers and embrace social media as a vessel for providing relevant, effective, accessible and cost-efficient learning opportunities.


    This poster was developed for the Occupational Therapy Australia National Conference 2013 and was aimed at demonstrating how social media (specifically Facebook, Twitter and blogs) provides a mechanism for CPD. It also looked at methods of recording your CPD that may have been previously foreign concepts.

     

    OT’s internationally are using OT4OT (online technology for occupational therapists) and sister 4OT Facebook pages to share experiences, ask questions, offer resources, and brainstorm ideas and solutions. Facebook groups such as MH4OT (a group for Mental Health OT’s) have now branched out to other professions such as Social Work (MH4SW) and Nursing (MH4RN) and there are many other groups available for every health and social care profession that offer the same opportunities being embraced by OT’s.


    Twitter as a CPD tool is experiencing rapid growth. From live tweeting at conferences to monthly CPD “tweet chats,” the discussions and resources shared among health and social care professionals over twitter are building it up to be an extremely valuable, yet easily accessible, tool to utilise for your continued professional development. 


    Networked blogs are becoming more common as a readily accessible repository of shared experiences, resources and knowledge. They also provide a perfect platform for clinicians to collate their reflections on all kinds of learning experiences including those had on social media. This reflective practice can be used as evidence of learning for your CPD records. Social media enables practitioners to effectively fulfil a large portion of the CPD required for professional registration.


    As technology advances and Health Professional’s become more time poor they will increasingly be seeking new ways to meet CPD requirements. Our poster provides examples of social media usage to illustrate the range of CPD opportunities available and how these social media tools can be collected and recorded into a comprehensive CPD record to meet your professional requirements.


    Brock Cook

    Occupational Therapist


    Download the Poster

    Download FREE Social Media CPD Log Template

    Credits to: Merrolee Penman - Anita Hamilton - Leonora Coolhaas - Trina Phuah - Allison Sullivan

  • 07 Dec 2013 3:15 PM | Anonymous member


    Ambulance Services Benevolent Fund

    CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN.




    “It is at this time of the year when I can reflect on the support that the charity has received from ambulance services, their staff and many other generous people. In all honesty though, I would dearly wish that all the services would give their support to the ASBF, the only country wide ambulance charity. This would not only ensure that we continue in the provision of care for ambulance staff now but will help the charity move forward and develop care programmes up to the same level as that provided to personnel from the charities of the Fire, Police and the Military.”

    My New Year message to all the UK Ambulance Services CEO’s is very simple. “I invite all Ambulance Trusts to pledge their support to the ASBF in 2014 and encourage staff to raise funds by the many means available to them. This will ensure that we can meet our planned future aims and objectives of providing extra support to those members of staff to deal with that unforeseen personal crisis or period of hardship. We would be delighted to have the opportunity to meet you to explain and discuss the development plans we have for the future of the ASBF.”

    “I would also like to take this opportunity for thanking all the ambulance service magazines, journals and newspapers for donating space for articles promoting the ASBF, to the ambulance manufacturers and equipment suppliers for their continuing support and to the event and show organisers for their generous donation of stand space. We are so grateful.”

    “On behalf of the ASBF Trustees I would like to sincerely thank everyone for their support and wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a Healthy and Prosperous New Year.”

    ASBF Chairman, Paul Leopold.

     

    For further information please visit our website:

    www.asbf.co.uk

    Or email:

    enquiries@asbf.co.uk


    DO SOMETHING AMAZING IN 2014 BY PLANNING A CHALLENGING ASBF FUND RAISING EVENT – OVER £25,000 WAS RAISED THIS YEAR BY THE PEDALLING PARAMEDICS, TRIATHLETES AND MARATHON RUNNERS AND MANY OTHER ACTIVITIES BY AMBULANCE STAFF – COULD YOU MEET THE CHALLENGE AND BECOME A SUPPORTER FOR THE ASBF?  CHECK THE WEBSITE BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION OR EMAIL THE NATIONAL SECRETARY. 

    The Ambulance Services Benevolent Fund Is Caring for the Carers and together we can make the difference!


    Patron: Simon Weston OBE

    Registered Charity# 800434   

  • 07 Dec 2013 3:09 PM | Anonymous member


          Season’s Greetings -

          Simon Weston OBE.




    I have been so inspired with the fund raising activities that have taken place during 2013. The Eof EAS Pedalling Paramedics have again amazed everyone with another marathon bike ride, which this year was from Blackpool Tower to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and all in six days, an incredible achievement! Also from Eof EAS, the lady athletes who competed in the National Emergency Services Triathlon and the lady from the Welsh Ambulance Service who competed in the Cardiff marathon – collectively they have raised over £30,000! Can anyone else meet or beat these challenges? Please let us know.

    These are all remarkable achievements but there are also many ambulance staff country wide who continually support us, selling badges, making regular contributions from donation from salary schemes, such as ‘Give As You Earn’, and many other fundraising activities. There have also been some very generous gifts from legacies, all in support of the ASBF.

    The ASBF is undertaking some important changes with its Moving Forward programmes to improve its operational activities and caring for the Carers programmes and, we will shortly be appointing a full time Director to take the lead.

    These are exciting and important moves for the Charity and we need your support to help us move forward with our plans. Please take up the ASBF fundraising challenge for 2014 and visit our website for further information.

    As Patron of the ASBF I want to thank all our generous sponsors and fundraisers and ask for your continuing support during 2014.

    Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and a Healthy and Prosperous New Year.


    Simon Weston OBE.

    Patron of the Ambulance Services Benevolent Fund.

  • 06 Oct 2013 5:26 PM | Anonymous member

    Ambulance Services Benevolent Fund

    HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER.


    A SPECIALLY COMMISSIONED AMBULANCE SERVICE SILVER CAP BADGE.



    Specially commissioned by the Ambulance Services Benevolent Fund this solid silver cap badge makes the ideal presentation gift for personnel retiring from the Ambulance Service.

    This unique badge is presented in a smart case and comes at the offer price of £87 each with free postage and package.

    This is a much sought after item so to save disappointment place your order today.

    For further information on purchasing this special silver cap badge and to view the full range of other items for sale please visit our website:





     www.asbf.co.uk

    Or email:

     enquiries@asbf.co.uk


    THANK YOU.


    ‘YOUR CHARITY HAS CARED FOR THE CARES FOR OVER 27 YEARS - TOGETHER WE WILL MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE!’


    PATRON: SIMON WESTON OBE

    REGISTERED CHARITY # 800434

  • 28 Sep 2013 6:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    CPD Portfolio Building APP surpasses expectations on initial launch! Creating waves for accessible documentation of learning.  




    CPDme have been overwhelmed with emails and thank you messages from both existing members of CPDme and new followers on our social media channels following the release of the NEW CPD Portfolio Building mobile app for Apple iPhones at the Emergency Services Show 2013 at the NEC at Birmingham. 

    The Team who were on hand to explain our vision were overwhelmed at the positive response from new followers who loved the ease of use of the new CPD App. 

    The team were surprised to see that most people had already downloaded the Apple APP and were easily navigating (and submitting) prior to the team providing a detailed demo on launch day.

    Andrew Ormerod the founder of CPDme is currently in Singapore promoting the APP to Health and Social care professionals worldwide. in a statement Andrew said " I really cannot believe how fast the app has been downloaded and how well the initial version has been received. The app was only approved by Apple around 2am on the 25th September and already is has exceeded our forecasted downloads". 

    The CPD Portfolio Building APP is universally designed for over 100 different Health and/or Social Care professionals to effectively document and maintain an accurate record of learning and professional development. The advantage of using this NEW mobile app is that it features CPD Buddies who act like interactive support workers assisting and promoting a life long learning attitude to recording and maintaining CPD. Similarly the versatility of the app and ability to document 'on the go' or during 'downtime' has received professional praise. This again is to be simplified with future updates to the app via iTunes.

    One of the key elements of building this app was our core ethos was to involve lay CPDme members, public users, Health and Social Care staff and varied professionals to suggest, recommend and critique the best method to influence practice in order to create an essential tool for documenting development and encouraging a life long learning attitude to continuing professional development (CPD).

    A massive thank you to those who have supported CPDme, this app has been developed for you and will continue to be reviewed to meet your expectations. Thank you.  

    The CPDme Development Team

  • 27 Sep 2013 4:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    CPDme Mobile CPD Portfolio APP Live





    CPDme have just launched the BIGGEST feature since we started back in 2009. The CPDme Team have been busy creating the world's first multi-level iPhone Application that will allow you to use the application alongside your CPDme membership.

    The team have designed the FREE APP so that it can be used by virtually anyone who needs to maintain an accurate and personal record of their CPD. 

    The Founder of CPDme Andrew Ormerod said "This mobile app will revolutionise the way we manage documenting our CPD. As a Professional myself, I always keep up to date with my personal development, historically I just didn't have chance to document it. Documenting my learning and development will now be simplified by the APP, as I can quickly record my development activities on the move."

    We have had 100 members testing the app over the last month and now have the final release. 


    Some of the features of the NEW Mobile App include:





    • Submit to Diary - this will allow the app to store your CPD Diary entry until your ready to submit.
    • Submit to Reflection - this makes reflective practice so simple, with our step-by-step guide.
    • Reminder Screen - tells you when you last updated your CPD.
    • CPD Buddy - Let our CPD Buddies remind you to use the app or website to document your development.
    • Easily share your CPD Portfolio with your employer, governing body or print off in a perfect portfolio ready template.

    The app also has 5 other features that are unique to CPDme. These NEW Features have us so excited and will be released each month after the app has launched.










    The CPD Portfolio Application will be suitable for:

    HCPC CPD Record Keeping
    NMC CPD Record Keeping
    Allied Healthcare Professional CPD Portfolios
    Anyone who needs to accurately record their CPD.

    Please note that CPDme is independent of any employer, governing bodies and professional organisations. Although we respect the professional standards set by these organisations, we cannot guarantee that the APP will be suitable for everyone. However its FREE, download it and give it a try.

    For more information about the APP. Please follow us on Facebook or Twitter (search for cpdme)
  • 09 Sep 2013 6:57 PM | Anonymous member

    THE AMBULANCE SERVICES BENEVOLENT FUND.

    STAND Z234

    Emergency Services Show - National Exhibition Centre

    WEDNESDAY 25th – THURSDAY 26th SEPTEMBER 2013 



    The must visit event for the emergency services in the country.

    While visiting ESS please come along to the ASBF stand and meet members of our team who will be pleased tell you about the only country wide Ambulance Service Charity and the work we do to in ‘Caring for the Carers’. Would you consider fund raising? Could you encourage people to help and raise the profile of the ASBF amongst your colleagues?

    We are currently reviewing our operational activities and strategies to move forward with the aim of developing future ASBF ‘Care for the Carers’ programmes.

    If you are interested in joining our special team of volunteers please visit the ASBF (Stand Z234) for a chat. Also see the range of items for sale including ambulance memorabilia, service badges, lapel pins and much, much more.

    We would like to thank the organisers for donating stand space and for the tremendous ongoing support we receive from all our regular sponsors and people who tirelessly fundraise.

    We are also delighted to announce the support that the Journal of Paramedic Practice is generously giving the ASBF by donating advertising space in its monthly publications.

    The JPP is the only monthly clinical publication written solely for paramedics.

    For further information about the JPP please visit their website:

    www.paramedicpractice.com

    Or for subscriptions:

    www.magsubscriptions.com/jpp

    COME ALONG TO THE ASBF STAND (Z234) FOR A CHAT - WE WILL LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING YOU.

    For Further information about the ASBF please visit our website:

    www.asbf.co.uk

    Or email the ASBF Secretary:

    enquiries@asbf.co.uk


    Together we will make a real difference!

    PATRON: SIMON WESTON, OBE

    REGISTERED CHARITY No: 800434

  • 04 Sep 2013 10:59 PM | Anonymous member
    15th International Trauma Care Conference:
    From Roadside to Rehab
    Sunday 23rd - Friday 28th March 2014
    Park Inn, Telford, Shropshire





    Trauma Care exists to support everyone involved in trauma management in the UK… from volunteer first-aiders to Major Trauma Centre super-specialists. That’s why our 2014 Conference has something for everyone.

    Quality trauma education at an affordable price: so, whether you are seeking new knowledge, updates, or the latest on the basic science, join us in Telford next March.

    Find out more on the flyer Trauma Care 2014 flyer.pdf or at the new Trauma Care website from 1st August:  www.traumacare.org.uk
  • 11 Aug 2013 5:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
      

     CPDme upgrade members online CPD Portfolios to have analytical breakdown on categories and development types.





    The CPDme development team have worked hard to implement a great new feature for our CPDme members. The new feature involves an analytical breakdown of their submitted CPD activities and displays these in a very easy to see graph. 

    This helps members direct their CPD in order to ensure that their personal development is a good mixture of learning activities ad development relevant to their current or future practice.

    This is a great tool if the member is registered with the HCPC as its helps the user look at various categories of development in order to address meeting Standard 2 of the Health and Social Care Professions Council required CPD Standards for registration.




    This new feature helps inform individuals taking part in one element of development say for example continuously attending a course or reading a journal. CPDme believe that varying your development is a very important element of managing your future learning and thats why we have exhausted lots of time and effort into this great new feature.

    The more various development events you submit, the more the graph will auto update and feedback a divided percentage. 

    The CPD Buddies will also email you if you submit too many of the same learning category. This will help you focus direction on looking at other learning activities and types.

    If you are a member and not yet seen this feature on your online CPD Portfolio, please open a support ticket by clicking here.

    Just another great feature brought to you by CPDme.

  • 04 Aug 2013 5:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    CPDme launch the NEW Help feature to support you in building and maintaining your CPD Portfolio






    CPDme have launched the NEW HELP Feature that floats on every web page offering interactive support to our Members and Visitors. 

    Our Support team recently received a 98% rating in a recent members poll for the speed of our customer service replies. The management team decided that sometimes even 10 mins or 2 hours for a reply was too long and so the new Knowledge Base was designed. 

    The idea is that our support staff will scroll through the 1000s of questions that we have been asked since 2009 and add the unique and informative answers to the support forums. This allows people to benefit the answers from members previously asked questions.

    Try it now. Simply click the HELP tab on the left or visit the support site and ask a question. If the answer is not listed, the Knowledge Base allows you to create a support ticket requesting one of our team look at your question personally.

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