Planning, Tracking Activities & Assessing Progress
The Three Elements
There are three key elements used to plan, track and assess CPD activity – the A3 Annual Plan, the Activity Record and the Progress Check Record. The A3 maps out your CPD plan for the year, with your ongoing CPD activities being recorded in the Activity Record, while the Progress Check Record captures your periodic and annual reviews – which feeds into the next iteration of your A3 plan.
100% Web Based
LCS CPD uses its unique web based facility and all your CPD elements are accessed via your LCS personal profile. Only you (and LCS CPD assessors) have access to your information.
The Annual A3 Plan
Your annual CPD A3 plan focuses on your intentions for practicing, learning and communicating. For each of these elements, you state:
- Your current state of professional development
- The gaps in your competency
- The targets for competency improvement, or countermeasures
- Your action plan
An example A3 plan - shown in full page format
The plan is designed to fit on one side of A3 paper (if printed) and needs to be written succinctly. There are Help facilities and guidance notes in the CPD Handbook and a sample plan is also available.
Ongoing CPD Activities
You decide which of your ongoing activities should be recorded in your Activity Log as counting towards your professional development. The activity could be consciously planned as a development activity (eg a course you take) or it could be an activity that, with reflection, you realise had positive development benefits (eg unexpected consequences of a project).
Updating your activity record should take place frequently, preferably as soon as possible after the CPD activity has taken place. This ensures your recollection of the activity is fresh and accurate.
Activities are recorded in your CPD Activity Log and for each you describe what you did, note the learnings gained and future actions you will take. Each activity links to a specific goal in your A3 plan and so contributes to the evidence case for when you assess the degree to which the goal has been achieved.
Reviewing Your Plan
Review Points & Process
The CPD system is built around four monthly self assessment checkpoint reviews of your progress towards your goals, with an annual review marking the end of the cycle and the start of another. The review process uses the Progress Check Record.
The progress check record refers to the activity targets in your annual plan and you indicate the degree to which you have achieved each. The activities you have undertaken that relate to each target are automatically listed. LCS assessors check your review and endorse it.
Criteria for Acceptance
The LCS CPD review process does not set quantified targets for CPD activities - for example, a certain number of learning hours undertaken, or conferences attended, or projects implemented.
Rather, it focuses on the evidence of a robust CPD plan that sets realistic and relevant goals and on evidence provided that corroborates and supports the practitioner's self assessment of progress and achievement.