All about Julia - our site for Allied Health Professionals

Julia is the name of our brand new website and app for Allied Health Professionals (AHPs). It provides AHPs with a convenient, comprehensive and hassle-free way of recording evidence of their Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

AHPs consist of 14 distinct occupations, including art, drama and music therapists, dietitians, occupational therapists, osteopaths, paramedics, physiotherapists, radiographers and speech and language therapists.

AHPs are required by their professional regulating body, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), to accumulate and retain evidence of their learning, as part of their CPD. The HCPC audits 2.5% of each professional cohort each year and AHPs need to produce a log of their CPD with reflections.

As a result, these healthcare professionals need to regularly track and document the skills, knowledge and experience they gain both formally and informally as they work, beyond any initial training, then reflect and report on this.

Until now, AHPs have had to resort to a variety of media in order to keep a record of their CPD progress, which might include photos, documents, course notes, and handwritten notes relating to their work experience and practical tasks they have completed. Their audit requires them to keep an accurate record of all of this information, which in itself presents AHPs with a considerable burden, above and beyond the demands of their actual day job!

Julia solves this problem and removes CPD nightmares by providing AHPs with a single place for all of these differing pieces of evidence to be kept, bringing them together into a manageable, easily maintained, digital resource.

However, Julia is not just a filing cabinet. It has many more benefits to offer the AHP:

  • Julia reminds AHPs what they need to record, tailored to their particular job role.
  • Julia helps ensure that each piece of evidence meets HCPC standards, with prompts to ensure the CPD covers the mix of learning activities relevant to their practise, contributes to the quality of their practise and delivery and, of course, benefits the patient.
  • Julia allows AHPs to add CPD photos and text notes quickly and easily from the app or the website, for secure online storage in the 'Evidence’ section. Emails can be forwarded straight to Julia whilst on the go.
  • AHPs can view, categorise and reflect upon their Julia CPD evidence and record how it has changed the way they work. Julia will help them explore their evidence, view it in chronological order, identify any gaps, and keep on top of their learning.
  • Julia removes CPD nightmares for AHPs. Julia’s Report Builder allows them to easily create a report to meet HCPC standards, choose which pieces of evidence to include, preview, and download their report at any time, so they can stay in control of their CPD records and remain audit-ready.
  • There’s a helpful Julia support area, and friendly Julia staff to assist AHPs in case of personal queries.
  • Julia will tell AHPs if there’s a feature they haven’t yet tried, or if it’s been a while since they submitted evidence.
  • Julia can store additional email addresses so AHPs can forward emails from both personal and work accounts into their Evidence.
  • Gibbs reflections - As well as a general area to reflect on a piece of evidence, Julia also includes a template for Gibbs reflections to be recorded.

Plus importantly, Julia has been developed in collaboration with 50 AHPs of all professions, to help us build exactly what health professionals are looking for. Development work on Julia will continue to ensure that AHPs' new feature requests and preferences are incorporated.

Are you an AHP interested in Julia, or know someone who might need help recording their CPD? You can start your free trial here.

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