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					       PDP

The Unofficial Guide
Congratulations !

• Well done on graduating –
• Now you are a vet.
                   …of sorts

• You still have one more hurdle.

• You must undergo a PDP.
          What is this PDP?
The PDP is the
 Professional Development Phase.

This refers both to your first year in practice
 and to the web-based formal assessment,
 which you have to complete.
        What Does It Do ?

The PDP is a method by which new
grads can
   Structure their future development
   Monitor their past development
   Tell the RCVS about what they can do
It regulates the movement from Day-
One Competencies to Year-One
Competencies
                 Pro or Con?
A bit of both
Pro:
   you may get more support from your senior vets
   and better structure to your self-led development.
   counts as your first year CPD
But:
   a bit of a drag filling it all in
   may dampen your ardour that you’re now a real vet
   may mean less respect and less money – though it
    shouldn’t.
      What Do I Do ?
• Tick off every time you perform
  something
  e.g.    blood-sampling 
          clinical assessment of… 
          These can be done assisted.
• Write comments to yourself
• Formulate “Action Plans”
          about what to aim for next
         Then What?
• Once you and your mentor feel you
  are competent, you can submit your
  portfolio to the RCVS, who will ratify
  your decision.

• After that, that’s it – You’re a
  competent vet!
Making the Most of It

 Do not think of the PDP as just an
  annoying extra pressure and hassle…

 Try to use it constructively
   To see what you need to do
   To show others that you need to do it
   To remind yourself what you have done
Making the Most – Your Boss
 Your boss or a senior vet should help
  you in your PDP
 In fact they are obliged under both
  the Practice Standards Scheme and
  the RCVS Guide to Professional
  Conduct
 But that doesn’t mean they will
 So make sure you discuss “support
  package” as part of contract.
 Remember – the older vets know
  even less about it than you do
 Remind bosses as you go on that you
  have to complete your record to show
  competence – even if they think
  you’re great (as I’m sure they will)
Making the Most–Your Colleagues
 Use the list to see what you’ve still
  got to do.
 Tell this to your colleagues – so that
  they can help ensure you get to do it.
 Divide up cases with other young
  colleagues who are doing the PDP, so
  that you are not competing with them
“This week you do spays; I’ll do dentals”
Making the Most – Your self

 Fill it in
           Honestly
           Regularly
           Indirectly
           Comprehensively
           Reflectively
           Smugly
- honestly
 There is no point lying or fudging
 Though it might be tempting – just to
  speed things along a bit
 Think of it as being a record for your
  employer to decide what jobs they
  can leave you doing when they go to
  the pub.
- honestly
 It is also silly to undersell yourself.
 If you feel competent at something
  then say you are.
 If you are a nervous or humble type,
  ask sensible colleagues whether they
  think you should tick a competency
 You may get a more honest answer
  from asking this than from asking
  “Do you think I competent?”
- regularly
 It will be easy to fall behind in your
  records
 It is even hard to remember at the end
  of the day what you did that day (this
  only gets worse with age)
 Note ticks down on paper as you go
 Fill out the website at least every three
  months
 Spend a few minutes with your mentor
  each month
- indirectly
 Remember:
  You are filling in the PDP
  in order to work as a vet
                - You are not working as a vet
                        in order to fill in the PDP
 So don’t stress and don’t ignore other
  aspects of veterinary that you don’t
  tick – like getting on and enjoying it.
- comprehensively
 Remember to gain experience of all
  the different bits
 Don’t concentrate on ticking the bits
  you want to do next
 New grads come out thinking they
  must specialise ASAP
 But this is the time to get good at all
  sides of veterinary work.
- reflectively
 As you fill in the record…
 Think on what you have done and
  consider how you could have done it
  better
 And how you could have done it
  worse
 Think on what you want to do next
 And how you’re going to do it.
- smugly
 Furthermore, do not worry lots about
  what you haven’t ticked
 Never think “I’m not a real vet”
 Just be pleased about what you have
  ticked
 Remember these are things that you
  only get the chance to tick when
  you’re a vet
       When am I competent ?
   Deciding when you are competent is up to
    you.
   It should on average take about one year
   May take more for competence across all
    species in mixed practice

   Don’t worry if you take more or less time
       When am I competent ?
   The RCVS say:
    At Year One…“the new graduate will be
    expected to have had actual experience of
    applying these competences in the work
    place and should be able to perform or
    manage them without close supervision, in
    a reasonable period of time, and with a
    high probability of successful outcome”.
    And if you have any problems
1. Ask your mentor
2. Ask SPVS
   office@spvs.org.uk
3. Ask your friends and colleagues
4. Ask the RCVS Post-Graduate Deans
   pdp@rcvs.org.uk
Good Luck & Have Fun


     with love from
        S.P.V.S.

				
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