Lucas, A; Continuing professional development, friend or foe?


Published in British Journal of Midwifery, Vol. 20, Iss. 8, 02 Aug 2012, pp 576 – 581

This article demonstrates processes used by managers to identify learning needs including the attainment of competencies, self assessment and appraisal. 

Adamson et al (1998) suggests that a career is not just about what one does for a living, but about what one has done in the past, does now and might do in the future. Sennett (1998) concurs, relating a career to a ladder to be climbed to reach a desire for status and fulfilment. It is also believed that the learning process should be prominent in career planning (Mumford, 1990)—indeed acquiring new skills has enabled me to develop into my current role as a ‘functional‘ manager (Charan et al, 2001).learning methods are reviewed as the author reflects on the importance of continuous professional development within her organisation.

My career pathway has changed from being purely clinical as a Labour Ward lead, to containing increased elements of management especially after my promotion to Deputy Head of Midwifery. The change in direction was the result of choices which involved self-awareness and self-efficacy, and were consistent with where I saw my role in the future.  …… Full article requires Athens account 

Amanda Lucas
Deputy Head of Midwifery and Women’s Services/Supervisor of Midwives,
Macclesfield Hospital,
East Cheshire NHS Trust

Nursing and midwives’ regulator ‘letting down’ patients

By Jane Dreaper, Health correspondent, Extract from BBC News

Failings “at every level” of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) mean it is letting down patients in its prime duty to protect them, says a report.

The UK’s 670,000 nurses and midwives have to register with the troubled regulator to enable them to work.

The independent review gives details of the NMC’s backlog of complaints against nurses and midwives.

via BBC News – Nursing and midwives’ regulator ‘letting down’ patients.

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