ePort pptx

RCOG ePortfolio – the
Trainee Perspective
Marion Beard
ST4, Royal Glamorgan Hospital
ST Induction Day, 14th September 2012
Session goals
• To introduce ePortfolio
• To identify potential issues
• To give tips for ease of use
• To give some motivation?
• As a record of clinical / surgical / ethical /
management / teaching experiences
• As a tool to record our reflections on these
• The new face of the surgical log?
• As primary means of WPA
• As back-up for paper evidence
• To allow access to our evidence of
learning by our supervisors
• Because we have to........
• Same platform as Foundation
• NHS Scotland
• via nhseportfolios.org (unique login)
• via RCOG homepage
Navigation and interface issues
– Intuition less helpful than persistence
– Inflexible folders and subfolders (eg.
– Slow linking to curriculum / assessments /
Recommendation: plan your ePortfolio
• Link with paper portfolio
– Same headings for ease of use
– Update regularly
• Link with pocket portfolio
– But ePortfolio not intuitive – filing
of evidence needs to be planned.
• Personal Library
– Helpful back up of eg. Certificates of Attendance,
Courses, feedback
• General Log
– Detailed back up of any paper log
• Reflections
– Clinical situations, mistakes, successes, ethical
issues, team and communication issues...
• Meaningful
file names
• compress / consider size of file
• when storing, file wisely
• multiple back-ups.
Supervisor issues
– New job/supervisor....
1. Induction and Appraisal
(Forms / Meetings)
2. Educational agreement
(Profile / Agreements and Guidelines)
Supervisor issues continued....
1. PDP (Reflection)
2. Work – Based Assessments
CBD / OSAT / CEx / TO1
Reflection on reflection
Reflection on reflection
“Competent practitioners usually know more than they
can say. They exhibit a kind of knowing in practice,
most of which is tacit... Indeed practitioners
themselves often reveal a capacity for reflection on
their intuitive knowing in the midst of action and
sometimes use this capacity to cope with unique,
uncertain, and conflicted situations of practice.”
Donald Schon (1983)
Reflections can be around:
• your own, or possibly others’ (with care!)
• complex situations including systems
• mistakes
• successes
• the memorable patient
• insights unexpectedly gained.
Reflections can:
• Improve your behaviour / response / ability to
anticipate next time: management of change
and uncertainty
• Defuse frustration
• Help you understand root causes
• Identify audit / research / management topics
• Make you feel better
• Help you through ARCP!
“ .... then the practitioner may surface and
criticize his initial understanding of the
phenomenon, construct a new description of
it, and test the new description.”
Donald Schon (1983)
Schon, D. (1983) The Reflective Practitioner. Arena, Philadelphia.
Thank you

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