After much complaining it is great to be able to be positive about the NHS ePortfolio. Developer Ben from NES has been working on an app which is now available in beta version. It is html5 so whether you’re an apple or android user it should work on your device. You can download it right now, have a go and provide feedback to make sure the next iteration is even better.
Go to this site on your device: app.nhseportfolios.org and login with your usual password.
At the moment the functionality is limited. It supports reflective logs and ticketing, but does not allow offline completion of assessments such as mini-Cex. I also could not get it to store data within the app to synch later initially as it made me synch before I could logout, or data was lost. I also got stuck inside the app and couldn’t get back to the rest of my iPhone. This was a bit of a nightmare – stuck in the ePortfolio forever! It would be great to hear if anyone else had these problems or if it was just me! I have since managed to use it without crashing – phew!
You can send your feedback to: firstname.lastname@example.org
An app is long overdue and does not fulfil all of our ePortfolio dreams yet, but it’s a start and should be celebrated. Hopefully, by testing and getting feedback before further work, the app will fulfil the needs of users and make logging evidence of our skills and learning experiences fit the realities of our working lives. And perhaps this agile way of working might permeate back to the rest of the ePortfolio. A girl can dream…..