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CPD confidence.

MORE THAN EIGHT IN 10 UNITE/CPHVA MEMBERS feel confident they will be able to complete the new requirements of 35 hours of continuing professional development (CPD), as set out in the new Nursing and Midwifery Council's (NMC) Code of Conduct.

In a survey by Community Practitioner, 91 per cent of respondents said they feel up-to-date with core training.

More than two-thirds of those polled described the quality of CPD modules and events as 'average' with 87 per cent saying they are 'helpful to practice'.

However, more than a third of Unite/CPHVA members are currently working without a personal development and training plan.

On the whole it seems employers are supportive in helping members access CPD, with 66 per cent of respondents marking them a five and above (one being least supportive and 10 being very supportive).

Worryingly, five per cent marked their employers at a woeful one, and 34 per cent admitted 'sometimes' carrying out compulsory training in their own time, with 40 per cent paying for it out of their own pocket.

Staff shortages have also meant almost six in 10 members have missed out on CPD opportunities.

ARE YOU A NURSING
AND MIDWIFERY
COUNCIL (NMC)
REGISTRANT?

YES   99%
NO     1%

WHAT IS YOUR ROLE?

HEALTH VISITOR            72%
OTHER                     18%
SCHOOL NURSE               8%
COMMUNITY NURSERY NURSE    1%

Note: Table made from pie chart.

DO YOU FEEL CONFIDENT THAT YOU
WILL BE ABLE TO COMPLETE THE NEW
REQUIREMENTS OF 35 HOURS CPD AS SET
OUT IN THE NEW NMC CODE OF CONDUCT

YES   82%
NO     9%

DO YOU CURRENTLY
FEEL UP-TO-DATE WITH
CORE TRAINING?

YES   91%
NO     9%

DO YOU FIND
THE CPD
EVENTS/
MODULES YOU
UNDERTAKE
HELPFUL TO
PRACTICE?

YES   87%
NO    13%

DO YOU HAVE TO CARRY OUT
ANY COMPULSORY TRAINING
IN YOUR OWN TIME?

NEVER       49%
SOMETIMES   34%
REGULARLY   11%
ALWAYS       5%

DO YOU HAVE A PERSONAL
DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING
PLAN?

YES              64%
NO               34%
NOT APPLICABLE    2%

Note: Table made from pie chart.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE
THE QUALITY OF CPD EVENTS/
MODULES AVAILABLE?

AVERAGE         64%
ABOVE AVERAGE   26%
BELOW AVERAGE    7%

ON A SCALE OF ONE TO TEN (ONE BEING THE
LOWEST), HOW SUPPORTIVE IS YOUR EMPLOYER
IN HELPING YOU ACCESS CPD?

1     5%
2     2%
3     4%
4     6%
5    13%
6    10%
7    16%
8    20%
9    11%
10   13%

Note: Table made from bar graph.

DO YOU HAVE TO PAY
FOR YOUR OWN CPD?

NEVER       59%
SOMETIMES   35%
ALWAYS       3%
REGULARLY    2%

HAVE YOU EVER
MISSED OUT ON CPD TRAINING
DUE TO STAFF SHORTAGES?

YES   59%
NO    41%


COMMENT

Question: Have your CPD opportunities improved or worsened over the past five years?

Answer:

Apart from a period of staff shortage, I've never had a problem

I have not noticed a difference, I seek out opportunities for myself

The resource of time is increasingly short as a result of performance targets and continual staff shortages that affect training time and opportunity

Only those provided locally by the trust are funded. Limited opportunity on other courses without doing in own time/at own expense

Apart from a period of staff shortage, I've never had a problem

It has become increasingly difficult to access CPD that is not in-house

They have improved in the past two years to comply with CQC requirements

They are more limited now

Very much the same, but money for external courses is probably less easy to access

No difference. We always had to have updates

The same, but due to current NHS employer changes anticipate that it will worsen

I think they are generally a bit better if you know how to access them--because I am very IT literate I manage to keep up-to-date with what is available. I then seem to inform my colleagues to make sure they don't miss out

More difficult to get the time off to attend due to work pressures

Worsened--all down to manager preference as to who should go, not based on identified individual needs

Worsened. Difficult to access Level 4 safeguarding training and anything external due to costs of travel

Worsened--my employer has a 46 million [pounds sterling] overspend to claw back

Have improved with merger to larger organisation. Larger training budget

Good opportunities when ticks trust's box. Increasingly tight time restrictions

Very much the same, but money for external courses is probably less easy to access

Question: What additional support do you need to successfully complete your CPD?

Answer:

Paid time off or more in-house training

To take account of the needs of bank staff training

As I am now working in the school nursing team I would like some more issues pertinent to school health

Standards to employers especially in view of private providers

More staff would allow more time. We seem to be covering for school nurses more and more!

More time--support from others to do work not done when undertaking CPD

A commitment that staff will not be prevented from accessing relevant training and that less time will be spent teaching community practitioners about blood transfusions etc

Being supported/ funded and permitted to attend

IT support as I have never had any training in this and always struggle when it comes to computer skills

Study time allowed. Reduction in caseload when studying

Defined training sessions around revalidation

Employers to realise that in order to practice effectively and in an evidenced-based way, we need time and access to training outside of safeguarding and mandatory skills. It might also help raise morale

It would be helpful not to feel isolated and to have the time to process learning

Better staffing to allow me time to attend/ complete work required

One-to-one chats

Time and a quiet space to be able to absorb learning

Nil I think. However, the feedback from colleagues is a new component--other than the feedback via previous KSF review. The idea of getting feedback from a wider range of colleagues/clients will take thought and preparation

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Date:Nov 1, 2015
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