Learning to meet requirements.

You may apparently not be able to teach an old dog new tricks, but if you’re a modern dog, you’re expected to learn a few and keep records to prove it. If, like me, you have two work hats, you need to do this in both – which keeps me busy, to say the least.

As well as doing my MOS course, the NHS has also had me doing my course so that I can maintain my continuing development records online in accordance with national guidelines. This was actually quite good and whilst it’s going to be time consuming uploading all my proof and examples of competence, once done it will be much better than the file stuffed with papers I currently have. It should make the whole system of having my annual appraisal much easier and quicker. Now I just need to find time to work on it! 😉

I continue to attend the weekly post grad education meetings and gain knowledge that helps with both my NHS job and my Herbal work – and this week’s was certainly helpful to both. It was an interesting and thought provoking session on Mental Capacity and I enjoyed the group work where we split up to discuss various scenarios.

As for my Herbal work – well, at long last, the government are honouring the promise of the last government made in 2000, and Herbalists will get their statutory regulation in April 2012. Great news! But….. it’s a bit confusing to me what happens in the year between the European Directive (April 2011) and this statutory regulation. From this article, it would seem it’s not entirely clear what happens after that either! I hope my professional body goes through it all and tells me nice and clearly what’s what. Once again, renewal of memberships and insurance is due and I can’t work out if I can actually prescribe any herbs for the coming year or not.

For those of you who responded to the public consultation on statutory regulation, the report can be found here.

So it’s all a bit busy work-wise for me at the moment and I’m doing a fair bit of overtime – but I’m trying to stay on top of my blogging, football, family, friends and home still. You may have to bear with me this coming week as I’m covering holidays and working at the hospital all week.

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