A Strategic Guide to Continuing Professional Development for Health and Care Professionals: The TRAMm Model.
Please note: our book was written before the latest updates following our research. TRAMm Station A is now Apply. All of the information in the book is still relevant and we have submitted the manuscript to the publisher for the updated second edition, due to be published in 2020. The new edition will include new chapters, more information regarding the application of learning in practice along with the results of our research.
Continuing professional development (CPD) is essential for all health and social care professionals. It is also beneficial for organisations. Evidence shows that when there is significant investment in CPD, individuals feel valued and their practice improves.
In order to maximise the potential of your CPD, this practical handbook guides you through the five TRAMm stages, which are depicted as stations: Tell (T), Record (R), Activity (A), Monitor (M) and measure (m). The tried-and-tested TRAMm model reflects the five standards for CPD laid down by the Health and Care Professions Council; and your own learning needs provide the main focus, enabling you to develop a full CPD portfolio as you progress. At the end of each chapter, there are opportunities to reflect on your learning – and apply theory to practice through a series of tasks.
Designed for all levels (from health and social care students to experienced practitioners), this book may also be useful for associated support workers and other healthcare professionals, including doctors, pharmacists, optometrists, nurses and midwives. In addition, some aspects will be relevant for professionals outside healthcare, such as teachers, surveyors and engineers. Above all, this book demonstrates that CPD is closely linked to professional and personal success and well-being, and we should all see it as an essential part of our working lives.
'Very much like the strategic approach to the model'
'The chapters build on each other but could be dipped into independently depending on the readers needs'
'Given that professionals often require encouragement to pause and reflect, this model is significant as it provides a structure and strategy for a progressive framework'
'...there are limited publications in relation to CPD 'how to' which makes this book unique and useful'
' ...the book is detailed and easy to read'
'The vignettes are particularly useful and will allow practitioners to associate with the different characters. The continuous re-introduction and follow through of characters throughout the chapters is easy to follow and makes for interesting reading, following their respective stories'
'... easy to follow, embedded and applied to practice, provides a model which is easy to follow and aimed at all levels from student to experienced professional to guide CPD'.
'... nurses could use the TRAMm Model to help them engage with revalidation because it enables them to focus on improving their practice and advancing their career'.
If you are a member of the Royal Occupational Therapists (RCOT) you are also able to view the book on the RCOT website.
If you are a student check with your University Library for access.
Whilst TRAMmCPD has been developed by Occupational Therapists all professions may benefit from the TRAMm Model and TRAMm Trail to guide CPD. The TRAMm Tracker is currently written for those regulated by the HCPC but it could be adapted to suit other requirements. Please contact us if you have any queries or comments.