Implementation of e-portfolios for the professional development of Admiral Nurses
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Implementation of e-portfolios for the professional development of Admiral Nurses

Karen Harrison Dening Head of research and publications, Dementia UK, London, England
Debra Holmes Consultant, Pebble Learning, Telford, Shropshire, England
Amy Pepper Consultant Admiral Nurse/team manager, Sutton, England

Nurses are required to maintain their fitness to practise through continuing professional development activities, and must demonstrate this by maintaining a portfolio of evidence that should be available for inspection every three years. The Nursing and Midwifery Council introduced revalidation in 2016 to demonstrate that nurses are practising safely and effectively. Nurses, however, are busy healthcare professionals and, as well as clinical practice, they have other demands on their time, such as providing evidence for annual appraisals. Admiral Nurses, specialist dementia nurses who support families living with dementia, also have a three-tier competency framework designed to demonstrate their acquired expertise and knowledge in dementia care. To support Admiral Nurses in managing these activities, the charity Dementia UK gave them access to the PebblePad e-portfolio system. This article details the implementation and outcomes of this project.

Correspondence karen.harrison-dening@dementiauk.org

Nursing Standard. 32, 22,46-52. doi: 10.7748/ns.2018.e10825

Received: 02 February 2017

Accepted: 07 April 2017

Published in print: 24 January 2018

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Conflict Of Interest

Debra Holmes is a consultant for Pebble Learning