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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

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


There is a page on e-portfolios on the UKFPO website


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