Developing your portfolio

All Bank Members are expected to maintain continuing professional development (CPD) and take a life-long learning approach to maintaining professional competence.

CPD is not just for qualified nurses

Although it is not a requirement for registered nurses to complete a portfolio of evidence for revalidation, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) strongly recommend that you do so.

Developing a professional portfolio is not difficult. Whether you are a nurse, other healthcare professional or care support worker, with a little preparation and commitment it can become a regular activity to support your learning.

Professional portfolios can be used to:

  • Support revalidation for qualified nurses
  • Fine tune clinical skills
  • Develop business skills
  • Support career progression
  • Increase the chances of getting a job you really want
  • Maximise employment potential
  • Access formal education programmes
  • Create a personal sense of pride

Getting started.

  • In basic terms a portfolio is simply a storage area for holding documents.
  • A professional portfolio however is much more than this.

It’s about you and your professional development and can include the following:


Taking things one step at a time

  • Are you ready to engage in the process (nurses revalidation requires you to do this)
  • Identify any potential barriers early on and think of ways in which you will overcome these
  • Create a plan as to how you intend to develop your portfolio and stick to it
  • Do you have someone you might be able to share your ideas with?
  • What learning can you undertake; NHSP has several opportunities to help you achieve this, through the MLE online portal

Some learning opportunities available to you.

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Parkinson’s UK has developed an extensive on-line learning module that will enable you to assess your current knowledge on Parkinson’s disease and whether or not your practice meets the guidance.

There are free clinical e-learning courses now available at There are courses on:

These courses once completed, can help support the new NMC revalidation process. The courses cover anatomy & physiology, clinical assessments, clinical guidelines and drug treatments.

Aspiring leaders can also access a number of self-assessments designed to support your personal and leadership development. They all take between 10 and 15 minutes to complete, so go on have a go.

Test 1 – What is your leadership style?
This test is designed to help you identify your preferred leadership style.

Test 2 – What is your team role?
This test is designed to help you understand your team role and can form the basis of personal development as well as tea development roles.

Test 3 – What is your next career move?
This test is designed to help you identify the stage you are at in your career and provide some guidance as to your next steps.

Test 4 – What are your career strengths?
This test is designed to help you identify your key career strengths.

Test 5 – Are you suffering from burnout?
This test is designed to help you assess whether you may be suffering from burnout.

But don’t forget; NHS Professional qualified nurses have access to 16 modules via the Virtual College which will help you access this quality training and up-date your professional knowledge.

Please note: NHS Professionals accepts no responsibility of the content of other websites linked in this article.

About the author

NHS Professionals administrator

NHS Professionals manages the temporary staffing needs of around 66 NHS Trusts across England. An integral part of the NHS, it aims to reduce Trusts’ spending on flexible workers without compromising quality, by providing greater transparency of demand and supplying bank staff at the best possible rate. Its bank of more than 40,000 flexible workers comprises general and specialist nurses, doctors, midwives, admin/clerical , allied health professionals, healthcare scientists, support services among other healthcare professionals.

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