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2.2f Demonstrate how to measure their own knowledge, performance and understanding against relevant standards

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Standards are industry-specific agreements that detail how individuals and organisations should carry out their practice professionally and competently.

Standards relevant to health and social care workers include the Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers in England, the National Minimum Training Standards for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers in England and the Fundamental Standards of the Care Quality Commission. A more detailed list of standards can be found here.

These standards set out the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours that health and social care workers need to perform their role effectively and professionally.

When you evaluate your own performance, you should consider if your practice has met or exceeded these standards. To do this, you should collect information about your performance, analyse the data and draw conclusions.

You can collect information about your performance from several sources including your manager, co-workers and the individuals that your support – obtaining feedback from others is essential for your own personal development. You may also draw from your own experiences.

Analysis can be performed by reflecting on the information that you have collated and identifying the areas of your practice that are good and those that could be improved. To assess your performance accurately, you should compare your practice with the standards above to identify whether you have met them.

You can then draw conclusions about your strengths and weaknesses and methods that you may want to consider for your professional development – this can include formal training, finding opportunities to gain further experience in a particular area of your work or asking a more experienced staff member to mentor you.

It is also important for you to keep up-to-date with changes in the health and social care sector so that your practice remains current. This can include watching news stories and documentaries and being aware of any legislation or regulations have changed. Studies and research are used to inform standards, so they may be revised when there is evidence to suggest a review is needed. Published studies of healthcare research may also provide you with new ideas that you can use within your setting to improve the wellbeing of the individuals you support or the efficiency of the services you are responsible for.

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