Preparing for your Induction Day
We encourage you to start using FirstClass Mail (FCM) and enjoy the benefits of keeping up-to-date with developments in the homeopathic profession as well as participating in networking opportunities with colleagues.
Please familiarise yourself with the ‘Newly Registered Members’ Folder’ in the members area of the website and bring the Core Criteria and Code of Ethics and Practice to your Induction Day.
Attending your Induction Day
If you are registering in Summer/Autumn 2011, you will attend your Induction Day as soon as possible after registering. If you are not qualifying till early 2012 you will have an opportunity to attend your Induction ‘early’, (i.e. before you apply for registration). In this case, you will pay a fee of £50 for your Induction Workshop, which will be deducted from your registration fee at the time of applying for registration. Please remember to bring the above material with you to the workshop.
Choosing a supervisor
You can choose the supervisor you would like to work with. Please liaise directly with your supervisor to agree a supervision contract and fees for the duration of the registration programme.
The Society recommends that a supervisor be chosen from The Society’s list of approved supervisors. However, if your preferred supervisor is not included in this list, they are very welcome to participate in a process that will enable them to become a Society approved supervisor.
To reduce costs, The Society encourages all Newly Registered Members to engage in facilitated peer group supervision. This also encourages valuable networking with other practitioners on the programme.
Preparation of a CPD plan
Within six weeks of attending your Induction Day, you will be asked to prepare a CPD plan and email it together with the name of your chosen supervisor to Linda Austin
Emails from certain providers can sometimes not be delivered. If your email has been returned or you have not received an acknowledgement of the receipt of your plan within 48 hours please phone Linda Austin to ensure that is has arrived.
Setting smart objectives
When writing your plan, please remember that The Society’s Registration Programme is designed to respect you as a capable, responsible professional and provide appropriate challenge and support. Your CPD plan needs to focus on your particular interests, as well as your practice and personal development needs. Your plan should identify your own SMART objectives (see below) and relate to The Society’s Core Criteria.
- Specific – the more precisely you can define your objectives, the more likely you are to achieve them
- Measurable – you need to decide on objectives that you will be able to quantify and verify in your CPD portfolio
- Achievable – your objectives need to be capable of being accomplished
- Realistic – your objectives need to be attainable within the context of your particular circumstances (e.g. constraints of time and resources as well as other commitments)
- Time related – some of your objectives have to be realisable within the timeframe of the registration process (i.e. within the one-year CPD cycle from attending your Induction Workshop)
Feedback on CPD plan
A member of The Society’s Review Team will send you feedback on your CPD plan by e-mail. You continue to engage in CPD activities and participate in regular supervision, both of which form part of the agreement as a Newly Registered Member.
Preparation of a CPD portfolio
Please prepare a draft CPD portfolio and discuss it with your supervisor. Once your portfolio is complete, please post two copies, together with your portfolio review fee of £75, to The Society office at least 10 months but no later than 12 months after attending the Induction Day. If you are unable to complete the portfolio in the specified time, you will need to negotiate a revised schedule with The Society.
Your CPD portfolio will contain:
- your initial CPD plan
- the feedback letter from your reviewer on your initial CPD plan
- up to three reflective pieces on achieving some of your CPD objectives showing the impact that your CPD activities have had on your practice
- an evaluation and review of your actual CPD activities in relation to your original plan taking into account The Society’s Core Criteria
- a reference to how you have used supervision and the impact this has had on your practice
- a new CPD plan for the following year arising from your evaluation and review
You can request feedback on specific areas from your peer-reviewer.
And finally – The review process and completion
Upon receipt of your CPD portfolio, The Society office will check your portfolio for completeness and, if necessary, request extra items. Following this initial check, The Society reviewer will prepare and send written feedback to you. The Society will acknowledge completion of the registration programme in writing, so you know exactly where you are.
Alternatively, you can choose to have a final face to face meeting with your reviewer at no extra cost. In this case, The Society will send you a letter to acknowledge completion of the registration programme approximately two weeks after the review meeting.