Many job adverts will talk about offering dedicated SPA time in your job plan, but what does this really mean? This guidance will help you to understand what qualifies as a Supporting Professional Activity to help you monitor your time for the job planning process.
According to the BMA you should have at least one PA (Programmed Activity - a total of four hours) per week of SPA time. Any SPA activity such as teaching, research, clinical management or medical education roles would call for additional SPA time. You should have access to appropriate opportunities for personal development and your employer must consider these as part of your job plan review.
According to the BMA, activities undertaken in supporting professional activity time underpin direct clinical care work, and might include (but are not restricted to) participation in:
Continuing professional development (CPD)
Teaching and training
Appraisal and revalidation
Contribution to service management and planning
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