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:
It’s about you and your professional development and can include the following:
Taking things one step at a time
Some learning opportunities available to you.
It’s Parkinson’s awareness Week 18th-24th April 2016. If you want to find out more about Parkinson’s disease you might want to look at Parkinson’s UK website: http://www.parkinsons.org.uk/professionals
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 www.preponline.net. 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.
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World TB day is designed to build public awareness around the Tuberculosis and what we can do to help eliminate it. This year’s World TB day is happening on March 24th and its theme is ‘Unite to End TB’.
The World Health Organisation and partners are working together to raise awareness, the status of TB prevention and control efforts.
Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by bacteria (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) that most often affect the lungs. Tuberculosis is curable and preventable.
TB is spread from person to person through the air. When people with lung TB cough, sneeze or spit, they propel the TB germs into the air.
About one-third of the world’s population has latent TB, which means people have been infected by TB bacteria but are not ill with the disease and cannot transmit the disease.
People infected with latent are at increased risk of developing TB at a later stage. They should remain vigilant for the appearance of any symptoms and report them at an early date. Persons with compromised immune systems, HIV or using tobacco have a higher risk of developing the disease.
When a person develops active TB disease, the symptoms (cough, fever, night sweats, weight loss etc.) may be mild for many months. This can lead to delays in seeking care, and results in transmission of the bacteria to others.
What can we do?
Remain symptom aware at all times and report any symptoms, of persistent cough – lasting 3 weeks or longer, coughing up blood or sputum, fever, unexplained weight loss, loss in appetite, sweating at night to your GP immediately.
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