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Why create a Personal Development Plan?

A Personal Development Plan is worth 5 credits and will help you plan your year

Although it’s not compulsory to complete a Personal Development Plan, we recommend that you do.

A Personal Development Plan encourages you to:

  • Define your practice
  • Identify CPD and Clinical (Practice) Audit activities appropriate for you
  • Set out goals for your personal development

A Personal Development Plan can be used to monitor your progress. It will also help you reflect on the various roles that you fulfil in your post and possible steps to update your knowledge, maintain your experience and improve your skills if necessary.

Having a plan will help you see when you need to arrange leave or cover in order to attend an educational activity.

Your plan may change during the year, depending on circumstances within your practice, but it is important to create a plan at the beginning of the year so that you can organise the necessary resources.

If you complete the Personal Development Plan form in your ePortfolio by 30 September,  you can claim 5 credits in the Internal CPD category.

Maintaining Professional Competence - What is a Personal Development Plan?

How to create a Personal Development Plan in new ePortfolio

  1. Click “Create a new event”
  2. Choose “Add a Personal Development Plan”
    1. “Date Occurred on” is the start date for your plan
    2. “End Date” is the end date for your plan
  3. Pick the Professional Competence Year you are planning for
  4. Use the form fields to create a plan that suits your needs
  5. Don’t forget to complete our learning needs survey
  6. Click "Submit"

To claim your CPD Credit:

  1. Click “Create a new event”
  2. Choose “CPD”
    • “Date Occurred on” is the start date for your CPD claim
    • “End Date” is the end date for your CPD claim
  3. In the "CPD Categories" list, pick "Internal (Practice Evaluation and Development)"
  4. In the "Location" field, enter "Personal Development Plan"
  5. Add 5 Internal CPD Credits
  6. Choose the Domain that best suits you
  7. Click "Submit"

Professional Competence

Tel: +353 1 863 9700 and press 2

We have a highly experienced Professional Competence support team in our Dublin headquarters.  They are always happy to answer your questions and advise you on how to maintain Professional Competence. Please note, at present the fastest way to contact this department is by logging in to our support desk here

  • If you need help with your ePortfolio, we can arrange a convenient time to work with you to ensure your records are up to date.
  • If you need advice on how to apply for CPD approval for your event call or email with your event title and proposed date and we will talk you through what you need to do.
  • Contact Jennifer Noordman or Deirdre Donegan in our Professional Competence Department for any queries relating to your professional competence scheme or your application for CPD approval.
  • Alternatively, you might like to visit Professional Competence FAQs