Personal development plans for Dentists
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BOOK REVIEWED - Personal Development Plans for Dentists. The new approach to continuing professional development.
- A Rughani, , C Franklin, & S Dixon
- Oxford: Radcliffe, 2003: 240 pp.
This is book aimed at dentists but would also be suitable for the dental team, especially in view of revalidation and quality assurance. The emphasis is placed on encouraging dentists to become life long learners. The dental team learns from experience, feedback from peers, colleagues, or patients and this book shows how to harness these experiences to everyone's benefit.
The format is clear and easy to follow with good examples. Each chapter has an outline, key points, summary and a personal development plan form is included which in chapters 3–5 is fully illustrated with worked examples.
The authors in nine chapters outline the need for continuing professional development and how to develop, make and evaluate personal development plans (PDP). Making a PDP is a simple concept but requires time and commitment, and should not be too ambitious. In evaluating a PDP it is recommended that a balance be reached between learning needs / learner / trainer / patients / community / administration / practice / management and prioritisation of needs. PDPs are for an individual and limited to one year. Examples are provided including determining objectives which are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time-bound (SMART) and how to evaluate, amend and learn from outcomes. In the remaining chapters, use of additional tools to facilitate the process such PUNS (patient unmet needs); DENS (dentist's educational needs), significant event analysis (SEA), clinical audit and appraisal are described. Using PUNS and DENS provide the means for the dentist to prioritise and can offer a practice snap shot develop self-awareness and promotes regular reflection and team educational needs. Each SEA provides a means to harness good practice and to make improvements where necessary.
The authors outline a PDP format that is simple and practical. Clinical audit is described which could be used in a learning environment, identifying needs, and through learning and encouraging change to enhance good clinical practice and standards. Finally the authors consider appraisal, in that it is a means to recognise achievement, provide feedback and encourage further development. They point out that appraisal is not performance review. In conducting appraisal, a PDP is an important element to help identify achievements and need during the year and plans for improvement.