Revalidation, a work in progress … by Matt Holland

Probably an article about Revalidation on the LIHNN Clinical Librarianship blog was inevitable.   If you have been waiting, here it is.  It may not be the one you’re are expecting.  It’s part information, part reflection.

The science bit.  Colleagues who are attempting Revalidation, and you should, are strongly advised to talk it through with someone who has successfully Revalidated or who is in a position to offer expert advice. I know I did … and it really helped.

What you need to know

It’s free,  it’s free,  it’s free …

Well, it’s free. That’s good isn’t it.

What is required?

This Revalidation process is simple.  It requires 20 hours, or more, of CPD.   The definition of CPD is broad. It includes training and conferences, time spent reading CILIP Update, obviously, for professional purposes and even blogging.  This is complemented by a 250 word statement framed around the current CILIP Chartership criteria.  If you Chartered a few decades ago (or more) and haven’t been keeping up to date, these criteria are: 1) Personal Performance, 2) Organisational Context and  3) Wider Professional Context. There is an excellent Power Point on this topic on the CILIP website by Emily Hopkins.   See slide 14.   You are asked to reflect briefly on each of the criteria using selected examples from your CPD portfolio.

It’s technical, but it’s not mission impossible

The submission process is a little challenging.  This probably has something to do with the CILIP’s Moodle based VLE.  There are step by step instructions available.  The short version is that you record your 20 hours of CPD on the VLE then write your 250 word statement and combine both into a web page which is eMailed to CILIP Central for assessment. There seems to be no set time for the assessment but expect at least two months before you hear back.

Why would you want to do this?

Most CILIP members invest in their own CPD.  Speaking personally, during times when the Library Association ( … now CILIP, I know, I know … ) and I parted company I was still doing CPD.  Changing sectors, from higher education to the NHS, and rejoining CILIP prompted me to investigate old style Revalidation. Oh dear, I am afraid it confirmed some of my prejudices about CILIP.  You had to pay for it – what are membership fees for? It ran over three years – that’s as long as a degree! It was complicated.  That was disappointing, but to be expected. I did pay. I did try, more than once. Ultimately it went into the IP file. Sorry, that’s Indefinitely Pending.

With new style Revalidation there are some really refreshing changes.  It’s proportionate. Everyone should be doing 20 hours CPD a year in of some form or other.  It’s realistic to record 20 hours of CPD and write a 250 word statement. You could do that and still do the day job.  I would hesitate to say it’s easy, but it could be routine, the way CPD/Revalidation should be.

Time to reinvest in your Chartership?

A revealing comment from the presentation on the CILIP VLE, making the case for Obligatory Revalidation, was an admission of the loss of value of Chartership, particularly with employers.   Gone are the days when Chartership for example gave you a pay rise.  For younger readers, that really happened.   One thing that CILIP members can do to reinvigorate their Chartership, and the idea of Chartership in general,  is to Revalidate it.

Revalidation is the name of the game

Revalidation, especially in health care, is the new reality.  All the medical professions are at it.  The logic of not qualifying once but re-qualifying incrementally each year or few years makes good sense.  Having some way to document or validate that makes us all feel better.  CILIP Revalidation may not be the most critical to those outside the profession but it does demonstrate a profession with a positive attitude.

The benefits of not being there

The benefits of face to face networking are well known.  The benefits of live Power Point readings, to my mind anyway, remain unproven.  The diversification of CPD from events to other forms of activity is welcome.  My initial response to CPD credit for reading CILIP Update was, that’s not really CPD.  I read the massively improved CILIP Update conscientiously every month in any case.  No really, I do!  On reflection though the idea of a diversified range of activities is a good one.  It would be illuminating to have more examples of non event CPD. It’s an area worth exploring if you can’t get to many, or any, events.

Write this down

For a long time I didn’t record any CPD.  I did it but, I just didn’t record it.  I didn’t feel I needed to.  My approach to work was based on outcomes that could be demonstrated not on the process, or how I got there.  I can see that changing now that I have encountered the new style Revalidation.  It’s a process I can work with and one that I personally can see the value of.  Not to put too fine a point on it, the costs in my time and effort seem equal to the benefits. So I am going to turn over a new leaf and record CPD as I do it. There, no going back now!

Making it all work

I always align NWAS LKS strategy objectives and work appraisal objectives. In a one man band that’s probably essential.  That decides my CPD choices for the coming year which easily generates 20 hours for a future Revalidation in 2016.   The third chartership criteria, Wider Professional Context, could include working with colleagues in health care in the North West or Ambulance Service colleagues nationally. This is also an LQAF criteria.  Yes, it’s that LQAF again.   With some careful management it should all fit together.  That’s the idea anyway.

Matt Holland
Librarian for NWAS LKS
@NWASLibrary
NWAS LKS is supported by the Health Care Libraries Unit [HCLU]

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One Response to Revalidation, a work in progress … by Matt Holland

  1. Pingback: Revalidation; or, an information professional’s CPD is never done… by Emily Hopkins | LIHNN Clinical Librarians

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