Personal development planning

People working in health are encouraged to review their goals and achievements on a regular basis and to maintain a personal development plan (PDP). 

It's about working out where you want to be and setting goals.

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Career planning is a must for everybody working in health and goal-setting is important for thinking about your ideal future, and for motivating yourself to turn your vision into reality.

Your goals should be clear, realistic, desirable and achievable. A first step is to look at yourself – your strengths, your preferences, your values, your preferred learning styles. You may find it helpful to look at our career planning section to help further.

What is a personal development plan (PDP)?

A PDP is:

What makes a good PDP?

For each learning need, ask yourself:

Tips for a useful PDP 

Your PDP must be:

Good personal development planning will help you achieve your potential as it will help you to identify your skills gaps and improvement areas/learning needs.

Moving on

Health organisations are committed to offering learning and development opportunities for all full-time and part-time staff. No matter where you start within the health sector, you'll have access to extra training and be given every opportunity to progress within your organisation. You are likely to have an annual personal development review and development plan to support your career development and may be encouraged to extend your range of skills and knowledge to take on new responsibilities.

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