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TRAMm: Tell, Record, Activities, Monitor and measure*

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a personal and subjective journey, as well as a professional responsibility and mandatory requirement. In order to be effective you need to Tell others, Record and apply what you have learnt through your CPD ActivitiesMonitor your progress and measure the impact. The TRAMm Model, TRAMm Tracker and TRAMm Trail, collectively known as TRAMmCPD, provide health and social care professionals with a framework to facilitate the journey through Continuing Professional Development (CPD). In order to maintain registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) all registered health and social care professionals must undertake and evidence CPD. 

*Please note that the lower case ‘m’ is used to denote measure purely to differentiate it from Monitor. It has no significance in terms of importance 

A framework and tools to help you plan and record your Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

TRAMmCPD has been designed to reflect the five standards for CPD laid down by the HCPC providing a framework to enable registrants to meet the required criteria to maintain registration. It has been developed by Occupational Therapists to encourage all health and care professionals to engage in, record and disseminate their CPD. ​

Background to TRAMmCPD

The TRAMm Model was initially developed in 2010 as part of an appreciative inquiry exploration of CPD, you can read about the start of our TRAMmCPD journey in ‘Creativity through Appreciative Inquiry’ (Morris et al, 2011). This early version of  the TRAMm Model was published in The Occupational Therapy Handbook: Practice Education (Polglase and Treseder, 2012). In order to evaluate the effectiveness of TRAMmCPD we ran a 12-month pilot study within NHS, local authority and education sectors across the UK, as a result of the feedback some changes were made to the original format. A summary of the changes were included in ‘A Continuous and Dynamic Journey’ (Lawson et al, 2014). Doctoral research is currently underway to begin to provide underpinning evidence for TRAMmCPD. Ethical approval has been awarded and we will keep you updated of progress. Information about our CPD Engagement research is included on this website and in our book.

What is TRAMmCPD?

The TRAMm Model

TRAMm - Tell, Record, Activities, Monitor and measure.

 A dynamic, interactive model which encourages interaction and provides a clear framework for maintaining and recording your Continuing Professional Development (CPD). The stations can be visited in any order and for you to gain the most from the TRAMm Model we have developed tools, The TRAMm Tracker and the TRAMm Trail, collectively known as TRAMmCPD to help you keep track of your CPD. The TRAMm Information Pack has been updated to provide a brief  outline with suggestions for how you can make use of the TRAMm Model, TRAMm Tracker and TRAMm Trail.  Within the pack you will find an Example TRAMm Tracker and Sample TRAMm Trail. For more in depth information our book: ​A Strategic Guide to Continuing Professional Development: The TRAMm Model is now available.

The TRAMm Tracker

Designed as an adaptable, effective tool for recording and measuring learning outcomes. Enables individuals to track their progress, record, measure and monitor their professional development. Providing a continuous journey towards fulfilling the HCPC CPD Standards. The Tracker is available free as an auto fill document to complete on your computer or as a Word Document for you to print and complete by hand.   

The TRAMm Trail

Can be used to strategically plan your CPD to achieve your outcomes, what is it you want to achieve and how you are going to get there. The TRAMm Trail can also be used to provide a method to record in a little more depth the most significant pieces of CPD which may be useful if called for HCPC Audit. The TRAMm Trail includes a section for you to record your Plan of Action. To be used alongside your favoured method of reflection.  

Feedback from our users

'I have used TRAMmCPD to set out my CPD portfolio and used it at job interviews, my new manager commented that it helped get me the job and has asked me to share it with the team.'

'TRAMmCPD helped me to organise everything I had gathered in the last 2 years, it helped me to organise my own mind and to panic less about being part of the HCPC audit process'

'takes some of the stress out of being called for audit'

'easy to use' 'user friendly' 


 'helps me to organise my thoughts' 'clear and concise way of ensuring I'm meeting the 'HCPC standards'

 'I can record as much or as little as I like and up date it as I go along' 

'I've used in Supervision and at my annual review to identify what I have learnt and highlight training needs' 

 'has enabled me to get into the routine of recording my CPD'​ ​'I take the definitions of each station as a guide rather than a concrete list' 

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Latest News and Information


January: We have produced a short TRAMmCPD information leaflet for you to share with your friends and colleagues. For your copy see our Free Downloads

Sarah has had her abstract accepted for the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference 2018 in Belfast to present aspects of her PhD research.


September: RCOT has launched the new Career Development Framework

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) have launched their new Guidance on Social Media (2017) a must read for all health and social care registrants who use social media. 

July: Sarah hosted #OTalk on Twitter, based on our workshop at the Royal College of Occupational Therapists' Annual Conference CPD is more than the HCPC Audit you can read the pre-chat blog here

June:  Many thanks to everyone who came and engaged in our workshop at the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference (RCOT) CPD is more than the HCPC audit. How to Strategically Manage your Continuing Professional Development (p6) with special thanks to Dr Stephanie Tempest from RCOT who co-facilitated with us and introduced attendees to the new Career Development Framework. 

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) have launched the revised Continuing Professional Development and your Registration (2017) document. 


June 2016: Sarah hosted #OTalk on Twitter How to make the most out of your attendance at the 40th College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference Harrogate. A pdf of the transcript is available here.

June 2016: TRAMmCPD website in Tempest S and Parker Z (2016) Time to get personal - (re)claiming CPD as a reflective mind -set. OTnews June 2016 24. 6 Febraury 2016: Sarah, with Deb lurking, hosted #OTalk on Twitter When does Routine Work Activity Become Continuing Professional Development? The tweet chat was based on the poster we presented at the College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference 2015. Information about the the chat can be found here. A pdf of the transcript is available here

January 2016: Hearle D; Lawson S & Morris R (2016) A Strategic Guide to Continuing Professional Development for Health and Care Professionals: The TRAMm Model Keswick: M&K Publishing 

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