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Introduction

The CPD Diary has been updated to make it more user friendly. You can still log onto the old CPD Diary, if you wish to do so: Historical CPD Diary

In this section you will find more information on how to use the new CPD Diary, including information for

  • Guidance for writing goals
  • Working towards your goals: Activities and reflections
  • Supervisors and Goal Approval
  • Fully practising members
  • Students
  • Newly qualified practitioners (NQPs)
  • Overseas qualified practitioners (OQPs)
  • Assistants

Please contact us with any feedback on these pages.

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Guidance for writing goals

When you login to your CPD Diary you will be able to see a summary view of your goals progress. You will also be able to click to see a fuller view which includes an archive of previously completed goals, activities and reflections behind them.

Goals

What is a goal?

A goal is a long term aim that you want to accomplish. Goals are a bit like competencies in that they are something that you are aiming to achieve to improve your practice. However, they offer much more flexibility as you can set goals to suit your own professional and clinical development needs. There is more good news because as a professional you will already be familiar with setting goals with clients.

Characteristics of goals:

Each goal has several characteristics:

  1. Goals should be challenging – for example they take more than a week to complete.
  2. Goals can be made up of several activities – for example you might attend a course and feed back to your colleagues about it with a report and lunchtime sessions.
  3. Goals should be of equivalent 'size' - i.e. they will all be of a similar difficulty (not "learn how to make tea" and then "change the way the NHS views SLT"!). In order to be relevant, they will need to be varied and focused on an outcome.

Goals across your career:

Goals are created and stored in the CPD Diary. You will see a different view of the CPD Diary goals depending on what career stage you are at:

  • Students can choose to create their own goals or choose an NQP goal to work towards
  • NQPs have to complete pre-defined goals which they will work towards to apply for fully certified RCSLT membership, they can also create their own goals
  • Fully practising members will create their own goals

Getting started with goals:

When setting a goal you will need to think about what you want/need to achieve and then try to frame that as a goal. Here are some ideas to start you off but please remember, you are free to use whatever system works best for you and your practice.

The ‘SMART’ method:

It can sometimes be useful to use the ‘SMART’ framework where SMART is an acronym to help you to consider the shape of your goal:

You can develop this method further in the section called ‘Goal details’. For NQPs and OQPs who already have pre-defined mandatory goals, you can use ‘Goal details’ to describe how you are going to complete the goal eg by following the principles of the SMART method.

Five core capabilities:

You might like to think about your goals in relation to the RCSLT five core capabilities

  1. Communication
  2. Partnerships
  3. Leadership and lifelong learning
  4. Research and evidence-based practice
  5. Professional autonomy and accountability

One self-created goal can be linked to more than one capability.

Naming and describing goals

Using the CPD Diary you can assign information to each goal including: goal name, description of the goal, the expected completion date, keywords, and activities relating to that goal.

When you name a goal please make sure that the name is self-explanatory and ideally also contains key words such as the relevant clinical area, or the relevant core competency. This will allow you to find it later, when you are reviewing or editing over your goals.

Please contact us with any feedback on these pages.

You may also find the CPD Toolkit useful when writing your goals.

Working towards your goals: Activities and reflections

Activities

You can record activities in your CPD Diary, either as part of completing a goal or as a standalone activity:

  1. An activity can be an event that you attended, a course that you have completed and other CPD activities related to completing a specific goal.
  2. Like in the previous CPD Diary, you can also record this as a standalone activity if it does not relate to a goal.

There is not a minimum requirement of the number of activities needed to be added to a goal to complete it or have it approved.

The activities attached to a goal need to be of a range of different types of activities:

Activities as evidence

In the CPD Diary, activities act as evidence. For each activity you can evidence it, e.g. add a URL to a course, or upload a PDF of a journal article.

It is up to you or together with your supervisor to determine how many activities are needed to complete a goal/get it approved.

You can also elaborate on the activity by answering ‘What did you do?’.

Reflections

You can add reflections to an activity by answering the following questions:

  1. What did you learn?
  2. What do you now do differently?
  3. Who has benefitted?

As you work through a goal you can submit evidence and add reflections to activities you have added.

Please contact us with any feedback on these pages.

Supervisors and Goal Approval

All SLTs and SLT assistants need to have a supervisor whilst practising, however, whether a supervisor is needed to approve goals in the CPD Diary depends on your membership category:

Mandatory supervisor goal approval:

  • Newly qualified practitioners
  • Overseas qualified practitioners

Optional supervisor goal approval:

  • Fully certified members
  • Students
  • Assistants

Approving goals

If you have been asked to approve a goal for another RCSLT member, you need to be fully a certified practising member of the RCSLT and HCPC registered.

When a supervisee has asked for a goal to be approved, you will receive an email from the RCSLT notifying you of this.

Together with your supervisee at your next meeting, which can take place either virtually or physically, you will review the goal with the activities and reflections attached to it.

If the activities and reflections attached to the goal are satisfactorily demonstrating that the member has met the goal, you can approve the goal alongside with your supervisee.

For more information, please visit the Supervision pages

Please contact us with any feedback on these pages.

Fully practising members

The CPD Diary is not mandatory for fully practising members with a fully certified RCSLT membership. However, it is important that these members record their CPD activity in an accessible way for a potential HCPC CPD audit, which the CPD Diary can assist with.

Using goals

As a fully practising member, you do not need to create goals but only add activities and reflections if you do wish to do so.

If you choose to create goals, you are expected to write your own. In the CPD Diary, please choose ‘CPD Goal’ to do so.

For more information, please visit the Goal writing guidance and Working towards your goals guidance pages in this section.

Supervisor requirement for goal approval

You do not need a supervisor to approve your goals, but you might find it useful to work with your supervisor towards completing them.

You can have different supervisors for different goals, but only one supervisor per goal. This can be either your managerial or clinical supervisor, depending on the nature of the goal.

For more information, please visit our Supervision guidance

Please contact us with any feedback on these pages.

Students

The CPD Diary is not mandatory for students. The RCSLT however encourages students to engage with the platform, as you will use it to complete the NQP Framework later in your career. It may also be a useful reflection tool for your placement education. Please note that HEIs are not required to ensure that students use the CPD Diary as part of their learning.

Using goals

As a student undertaking pre-registration education in speech and language therapy you can

  1. create your own goals, eg you can use the key graduate capabilities from the Curriculum guidance
  2. select goals from the NQP Framework to start working towards
  3. record CPD activities and reflect on these

To create your own goals, please select ‘CPD Goal’ in the CPD Diary to do so.

To select goals from the NQP Framework, please select ‘CPD NQP Goal’ in the CPD Diary to do so.

For more information, please visit our Goal writing guidance and Working towards your goals guidance

Supervisor requirement for goal approval

As the CPD Diary is not mandatory for students, you do not need to have a supervisor approve any goals.

Please contact us with any feedback on these pages.

For more information see our guidance for students

Newly qualified practitioners (NQPs)

The NQP Framework has been integrated into the CPD Diary to make completion and sign-off more efficient. Newly qualified practitioners (NQPs) are now required to complete a set number of goals to apply for fully certified membership of the RCSLT by using the CPD Diary.

The goals were previously called ‘competencies’ under the old NQP Framework and encompasses areas of competence that you are expected to develop during your first 12-18 months of practice. Completing NQP goals using the CPD Diary still supports your learning and development in your first year of practice.

They are linked to the RCSLT Core capabilities and are mandatory to complete. To become a fully certified member of the RCSLT, the goals still need to be completed if there is eg a local preceptorship programme.

Key points

  • The goals describe standards of practice that NQPs should work towards achieving
  • You will be responsible for identifying your learning needs and for providing activities and reflections attached to the goals
  • Your supervisor(s) will be responsible for judging whether there is sufficient evidence of your consistent performance and for recommending transfer onto the certified membership register
  • You should meet regularly with you supervisor(s)
  • In broad terms, by completing the RCSLT NQP Goals helps you to:
    • Develop a detailed knowledge of a particular working context and its impact on practice

    • Build up a bank of supervised cases in relevant areas of casework to support future fully independent clinical judgements and decisions

    • Reinforce certain key aspects of fully independent professional practice.

  • Your supervisor(s) is responsible for supporting you in finding appropriate ways of meeting your agreed development needs
  • If you work towards a PhD, your supervisor(s) may want to consider whether these NQP Goals should have been completed as part of the process of transfer from MPhil to PhD - the RCSLT is not prescriptive about this.

For more information, please visit our NQP guidance.

Using goals

Mandatory goals

As an NQP, you are expected to select from 24 pre-defined goals which are linked to the RCSLT Core capabilities. These goals were previously called ‘competencies’ under the old NQP Framework. In the CPD Diary, please choose ‘CPD NQP Goal’ to select a goal to work towards.

All pre-defined goals are mandatory to complete in order to apply for fully certified RCSLT membership.

The NQP goals are linked to one Core capability each. To see a breakdown of the goals and how they relate to the Core capabilities, please visit our NQP guidance.

Volunteering

Please note that the goals cannot be approved if you are undertaking a volunteering role, but you can add these as activities and reflect upon them and attach them to a goal. For more information on volunteering during the NQP period, please visit our Volunteering pages.

Additional goals

You can also choose to create additional goals with your supervisor(s). These will not be counted towards a fully certified RCSLT membership. In the CPD Diary, please choose ‘CPD Goal’ to do so.

For more information, please visit our Goal writing guidance

Evidencing goals

In the CPD Diary, goals are evidenced by adding and completing activities which you add your reflections to.

  • Examples of activities and evidence related to the NQP goals

How many activities you need to complete a goal

It is up to you and your supervisor to agree how many activities are needed to complete a goal. It is important that you demonstrate different types of activities to demonstrate that you have achieved the goal.

Supervisor requirement for goal approval

Professional supervisor sign-off is required in order to complete the NQP goals:

  • Every goal has to be assigned a professional supervisor
  • You can have different professional supervisors for different goals.

Each goal, once completed, will have to be approved by the assigned professional supervisor. When you have completed a goal, you can alert your professional supervisor to review the goal with you at your next supervisor meeting in order to get it approved.

By being able to have different professional supervisors for different goals allows for flexibility should you change jobs or be assigned a new supervisor. Please ensure that the relevant goals are signed off by your professional supervisor before the change happens.

To approve the goals, your professional supervisor needs to be a fully certified RCSLT member and registered with the HCPC. If this is not the case, the goals need to be approved by a co-supervisor with clinical expertise who is an HCPC registered SLT and a certified member of RCSLT, ie an academic SLT or a clinician. This also applies for NQPs in a research setting and if you are working outside the UK, but still wish to complete the NQP goals.

For more information, please visit our Supervision guidance

Completing goals in a research setting

If you are an NQP working in a research setting (undertaking clinical research for PhD or within a clinical research setting), you are still able to complete the NQP goals. It is recommended that you are supervised by an academic SLT who must be a certified member of the RCSLT. If your supervisor is not an SLT, your goals must be countersigned by a co-supervisor with clinical expertise who is an HCPC registered SLT and a certified member of the RCSLT, ie an academic SLT or clinician.

The RCSLT is supportive of NQPs undertaking PhDs and believes that a clinical caseload, as part of the PhD work is important for NQPs in order to develop clinical knowledge and skills. The

RCSLT would encourage NQPs who wish to work in a research environment to negotiate that opportunities for clinical work are included in their research.

You may also wish to add goals and activities related to the following competencies to reflect your responsibility and achievements: project management, dissemination of information, research governance and ethics.

You should note that the NQP Goals are not linked to your HCPC registration. For more information on working in a research setting as an NQP, please visit our NQP guidance.

CPD Toolkit

You may find it useful to refer to the CPD Toolkit

Overseas qualified practitioners (OQPs)

Overseas qualified practitioners (OQPs) are expected to complete a competency-based transitional framework by using the CPD Diary.

The OQP Speech and Language Competency Framework sets out a balanced set of clear expectations and standards and can be used to support learning and development specific to practice in the UK context. It will also support you with your CPD.

For more information, please visit our guidance for OQPs

Using goals

Mandatory goals

As an OQP, one competency from the Framework equals one goal, and these have to be manually entered as they are written in the Framework into the CPD Diary. In the CPD Diary, please choose ‘CPD Goal’ to do so.

Please see the OQP Speech and Language Competency Framework to see the competencies to be added as goals.

Additional goals

You can also choose to create additional goals with your supervisor(s). These will not be counted towards completion of the OQP Framework. In the CPD Diary, please choose ‘CPD Goal’ to do so.

For more information, please visit our Goal writing guidance

Supervision requirement for goal approval

Supervisor sign-off is required in order to complete the OQP goals.

Every goal has to be assigned a supervisor. You can have different supervisors for different goals.

Each goal, once completed, will have to be approved by the assigned supervisor. When you have completed a goal, you can alert your supervisor to review the goal with you at your next supervisor meeting in order to get it approved.

To approve the goals, your supervisor needs to be a fully certified RCSLT member and registered with the HCPC. If this is not the case, the goals need to be approved by a co-supervisor with clinical expertise who is an HCPC registered SLT and a certified member of RCSLT, ie an academic SLT or a clinician.

For more information, please visit our Supervision guidance

Please contact us with any feedback on these pages.

Assistants

Assistants are able to use the CPD Diary just like other members as a tool to record their CPD activities.

Using goals

As an assistant, you can create your own goals and add activities should you wish to do so. In the CPD Diary, please choose ‘CPD Goal’ to do so.

For more information, please visit the our Goal writing guidance page in this section.

Supervisor requirement for goal approval

You do not need a supervisor to approve your goals.

For more information, please visit the Assistants guidance page in this section.

Please contact us with any feedback on these pages.