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 firstname.lastname@example.org 3. Ask your friends and colleagues 4. Ask the RCVS Post-Graduate Deans email@example.com Good Luck & Have Fun with love from S.P.V.S.