Continuing Professional Development for operating department practitioners
Milton, Sherran Moira
University of Wales Institute, Cardiff
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This study explores the impact of the proposed introduction of compulsory Continuing Professionol Development (CPD) linked to re-registration by The Health Professions Council (HPC) (2OO4) on Operatíng Department Practitioners (ODPs), as there is no requirement for ODPs to provide evidence of CPD currently. The study focuses on Theatre Department of Llandough Hospital, South Wales. Current curriculum, professional development ond statutory registration for ODPs are explored and comparisons made between the current contemporary ODP curriculum and previous ODP curriculums. Lifelong learning within the current ODP curriculum is examined along with the rationale and drivers for change within the curriculum. The focus of the study, the proposed CPD standards by HPC were also compared against the current nursing CPD requirements. The Methodology had an interpretivist approach to a cose study, seeking mainly gualitative data, in the form of attitudes ond opinions of ODPs to the proposed introduction of compulsory CPD. This data was gathered by means of guestionnaires in phase one of the data collections, wilh 2l responses to a possible 26 questionnaires. This was then tríangulated by 3 semi-structured interviews in phase two and 12 semi-structured interviews in phase three. All phases progressed as planned with no unsuspected problems. The data analysis revealed that many ODPs were unsure of the proposed compulsory CPD requirements made by HPC (2004) and how this would affect their registratíon in the future. Time and money were stressed as barriers with emphasis placed by the respondents for parity wíth their nursing colleagues with study leave and funding. The respondents also drew attention to the requirement for relevance to practíce for their CPD activity, highlightíng clinical skills traíníng and mentorship as CPD activitíes that they would most likely perform. Portfolio buildíng, research, reflection and potentiol CPD opportunities,were shown to be areas of confusion for ODPs within the data analysis. It is therefore suggested thot a programme to assíst ODPs in buílding portfolíos of relevant CPD evidence in line with the proposed HPC requirements be developed.
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