A professional development plan (PDP) is a plan covering your learning goals relevant to your current and intended scope of practice. It also outlines how you plan to achieve the goals. It includes self-evaluation of your goals and achievements from the previous CPD cycle and CPD activities you have planned to achieve your goals for the coming year.
When developing your PDP, it is suggested you consider the following three steps:
Set your goals for the coming year/s. Where you can, try and make your goals SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timely) as this will assist when reflecting on your progress and achievements at the end of the year.
Plan your activities/actions that will support you in achieving your goals. The CICM CPD Framework may assist you in identifying relevant activities aligned to your goals.
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Towards the end of the CPD cycle, reflect on your goals and whether you have achieved what you set out to do. This process will also assist in informing the development of your PDP and professional development activities for the next year.
Embedded into your PDP consideration must be given on how to incorporate cultural safety, addressing health inequalities, professionalism, and ethical practice into your development plan.
When planning your PDP consider how you can develop culturally safe practice and what activities can support you in this development.
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Cultural safety and health equity should be embedded and considered in relation to all CPD activities, including goal setting. When documenting your activities, consider whether the activity support your development of culturally safe practices and health equality.
See, The Annual Conversation
PDP Plan template
Annual Structured Conversation template
Yes. As part of the MBA and MCNZ requirements, all registered doctors must complete a PDP as part of the annual CPD requirement.
Aotearoa New Zealand - Doctors must also complete an Annual Conversation – this will provide the opportunity to discuss your PDP. Access an Annual Conversation (link to be included) template here.
It is suggested that your PDP be completed within the first 3 month of the CPD year. This will allow you to come back throughout the year, check in your goals and reflect on your progress.
Yes – The PDP development process can be recorded for a maximum of three hours under the Reviewing Performance category.
Please refer to the CICM CPD Framework (link to be included), that will assist you in planning your activities for inclusion in your PDP. The framework provided examples of activities that can be completed across the three categories of Educational Activities, Reviewing Performance and Measuring Outcomes.
Yes, CICM has developed a template that you can use to assist you in completing your PDP. However, you do not need to use this template. You can complete your PDP using your own template.
PDP Template (PDF editable)