Personal development

Welcome to the UCCT personal development area.

As a clinician, you will be aware of the need to have a personal development portfolio. Whether you are a new specialist nurse unfamiliar with the managerial and business responsibilities of your role, or have been in post for a while and want to take on new challenges and meet new goals, this area offers advice and resources to help you achieve your aims. However, if there is something you would like to see, please let us know.

This should contain your career goals and a realistic plan of what you need to do to get to where you want to be. Indeed, keeping your aims in mind and having SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-based) goals can help give you direction and stay focused, despite busy schedules and pressures at work. In turn, this means you will be better equipped to:
  • Communicate effectively both with colleagues and patients
  • ​Overcome challenges
  • Make better decisions
  • Stay on track. 
So, whether you are a new specialist nurse unfamiliar with the business responsibilities of your role, or have been in post for a while and want to take on new challenges and meet new goals, e.g. better communication or educating, this area offers advice and resources to help you achieve your aims. However, if there is something you would like to see, please let us know.

 
Convatec

The personal development area is supported by Convatec

Anju Sharma

Anuj Sharma

Business Unit Director, Continence & Critical Care, UKI
"
‘Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.’ – Mahatma Gandhi

At ConvaTec, we understand that actively pursuing professional development ensures that knowledge and skills stay relevant and up to date. We would like to support your aims for personal and professional development, to help you manage your own learning and growth throughout your career. It is important that you continue to learn and develop to keep your skills and knowledge up to date and ensure you continue to work safely, legally and effectively. Personally, as an Associate of the CIPD – I believe that Learning and Development should be relevant, help inform current practice and be accessible — all elements that will be addressed via our partnership with UCCT.

Karen Storey

Karen Storey


Primary care nursing lead, Nursing Directorate, NHS England; Queen's Nurse



"The recent NHS England Long Term Plan has implications for nurses working in general practice settings and prepares them for new ways of working in future primary care networks. Future and current career opportunities will only be made possible if nurses themselves have a personal development plan. The future of nursing is an exciting one, taking ownership of your career, knowing where you are and where you want to be in these new developments will make for a more rewarding and fulfilling career. 
Georgina Ritchie

Georgina Ritchie

Senior lecturer, University of Central Lancashire

"I truly believe that learning about leadership theory and the skills needed, is what makes a good nursing leader."

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