In September the IFoA will be launching its programme of reflective practice discussions, inviting members to have a conversation about their continuing professional development (CPD) with a specially trained team.
Reflective practice discussions are two-way exchanges: an opportunity to consider your learning outcomes and how you have applied your new skills or knowledge, and to look ahead at your options for future learning. Having these discussions with the IFoA will allow us to better understand your needs and what we can deliver to support members.
A pilot of these discussions was launched in January with three main objectives: to determine what structure the discussions should take, investigate how they can create quality outputs for members, and find out what more is needed for them to be effective.
A number of members volunteered to be the ‘guinea pigs’ in the trial, letting executive staff try out different approaches and techniques. The trial will end in April, with the findings and proposals being presented to Regulation Board in May. We look forward to being able to share the outcome with you.
In the meantime, members should ensure they are familiar with their new CPD requirements by consulting the Scheme. If you think you are eligible for an exemption, you must apply for non-practising status or notify the membership team. When renewing your membership in the future, you will be asked to declare your compliance with the Scheme.
Finally, it’s important to be prepared for your own reflective practice discussion and to make sure you know who you are going to have it with. If you can’t identify an ‘appropriate person’, do let us know as we now have a pool of volunteers who are ready to assist.