“To learn one must be humble. But life is the great teacher.”

James Joyce, Ulysses


Continuing Professional Development


Identifying Training and Development Needs

identifying training

Reflecting on our practice can help us to identify areas for continuing professional development.  Our practice will include our work with individual clients, group work, engagement with our employer and our employer’s remit.  Our practice will also include the effects of changes at national and local level, in terms of economic and social impacts.  These may be around both opportunities and challenges.  Other areas that may impact on our practice include changes in legislation and quality standards.



  • What are the aims and objectives of your strategic plan?
  • Do you have the necessary skills and competences to bring your part of the strategic plan forward?
  • Is there a performance appraisal system in your workplace which can identify CPD needs?
  • Are job specifications up to date?
  • Are skills and areas of responsibility clearly defined?
  • Have changes in legislation or quality standards impacted on any aspect of your work?
  • How have legislation and quality standards impacted on your practice?
  • Would any changes in legislation or quality standards require CPD either now or in the future?
  • Are there regular team meetings to allow opportunities for the identification of CPD needs within your Service?
  • Have local social or economic needs changed?
  • Do you need to develop any new competencies in relation to local social or economic needs?
  • Have new target groups placed new or different demands on your work which require CPD (what sort of CPD would be so required)?