In this month’s CPD blog, Zoe Parker wants your feedback on the new COT Code of CPD.
If you have read May’s OTnews then you will have seen my article on the new COT Code of Continuing Professional Development. We have been discussing the Code further on Twitter using the hashtag #CPDcode.
Please do look at the Code of CPD here, and tell us what you think, either using the comments on this blog or using #CPDCode on Twitter.
As I explained in OTnews, the Code encourages OTs, and the colleagues who work with them in supporting roles, to go beyond regulatory requirements in order to ensure a fulfilling career journey that sustains the profession in changing contexts and provides the best outcomes for service users.
The Code sets clear expectations for professional development to allow you to get the most out of your career and to ensure that you reach your full potential.
It is important to note that CPD is your own responsibility. Therefore, whilst a good employer will strive to create a culture of learning, you cannot rely on your employer to ensure that your CPD needs are met. You are responsible for developing your skills and knowledge and ensuring you are the best OT you can be. If your employer is not supportive or if you are a lone OT, it is really important to engage with BAOT in order to get the professional and friendship support and challenges that you need to develop your practice as an OT. You can also use social media to talk to us and to connect with international OT networks sharing ideas about best practice.
The Code is aligned with, and complementary to, Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) requirements for registrants. The HCPC standards are the baseline, and the Code provides an occupational focus to extend your development.
The Code should be read alongside the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, of which it will eventually become a part.
This project has very much been the work of BAOT members, and I am very grateful to all who contributed.
Please do leave comments on this blog, on Twitter, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org