Friday, 3 January 2014

Chartership, the changes. Part 1: Assessment criteria

As mentioned earlier, I'm trying to get to grips with the changes to Chartership requirements because I'd like to submit under the new regulations (if feasible).  This is the first of a series of posts outlining the changes, as I see them, starting with what assessors will be looking for.

Old regulations (now being phased out)

Candidates must demonstrate all of the following:
  • An ability to reflect critically on personal performance and to evaluate service performance
  • Active commitment to continuing professional development
  • An ability to analyse personal and professional development and progression with reference to experiential and developmental activities
  • Breadth of professional knowledge and understanding of the wider professional context

New regulations (from end of 2014)

Members need to demonstrate they have:
  1. Identified areas for improvement in their personal performance, undertaken activities to develop skills, applied these in practice, and reflected on the process and outcomes
  2. Examined the organisational context of their service, evaluated service performance, shown the ability to implement or recommend improvement, and reflected on actual or desired outcomes
  3. Enhanced their knowledge of the wider professional context and reflected on areas of current interest
The new Chartership handbook goes on to outline clearly what assessors expect to see in the portfolio and gives examples of the kinds of evidence we might like to include to support each of these areas.

The verdict?

I really like the new criteria.  It seems to me that they're looking for much the same thing, but they are now much more clearly phrased and supported with additional information about what the assessors will be looking for and examples of the types of evidence we might wish to submit to support them.

They also clarify the need to address both personal performance and service performance - this was something I didn't realise from the old guidance until our (now) CSO gave an honest and helpful anecdote at a portfolio-building course.

Defining the three strands (personal, service, wider context) will be extremely helpful in putting the evaluative statement together - I have a much better idea now of how to structure the statement and make sure I'm meeting all criteria.

Overall, thumbs up for the new criteria!  Far clearer, far more sensible, and these are the main reason I'm considering switching to the new regulations.

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