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How E-portfolios can be used for career planning

The e-portfolio is an electronic tool that provides a space for you to store and record a collection of evidence that will demonstrate your learning achievements and abilities.

An e-portfolio can help you to:

  • keep documents together to evidence your progress and learning
  • reflect on your learning (very important - see section below on reflecting)
  • remember to think about your Personal Development Plan (PDP), encouraging you to think about what you need to do next to help you progress in your career
  • prepare for an interview
  • develop your CV


The e-portfolio promotes life-long learning by encouraging you to reflect on your own needs and clinical competences, as well as the needs of your patients.

There is a video introducing the e-portfolio available to view on the NHS Education for Scotland website

Some foundation schools now use e-portfolios, although others may still be using paper portfolios.  The Rough Guide to the Foundation Programme states that the contents of the Foundation Learning Portfolio include the following:

  • A list of competences required to successfully complete the foundation programme
  • Example forms to record meetings with your educational supervisor, reflective practice and self-appraisal
  • Educational agreement
  • Assessment forms
  • A Personal Development Plan (PDP) including career planning


The 'Getting the most of the E-portfolio guide' (which can be downloaded from the UKFPO website), has an extensive section on the foundation learning portfolio. This gives you specific guidance on how to use the portfolio and it also includes some case studies of how foundation trainees have used it in the past.

The foundation portfolio specifically links the different assessment tools e.g. Directly Observed Procedures (DOPs), Mini-CEXs etc. to the competences used in the foundation curriculum.


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