This page is designed to answer the following questions:
- 2.2i Explain why continuing professional development is important (Care Certificate, Standard 2: Your personal development)
- 4.3 Explain the importance of continuing professional development (Level 2 Diploma in Care, Personal development in care settings)
- 5.3 Explain why continuing professional development is important (Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care, Promote personal development in care settings)
Continuing professional development is a very important part of your role as a health and social care worker because legislation, standards and best practices are always changing based on constant research so you need to remain up to date.
In addition, there are always ways that you can improve your own practice and should be reviewing and reflecting on your work regularly as you try to strive to improve. Even the best workers acknowledge that there are things they could do better.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a record of your learning and achievements – your organisation will have a copy of this record and it is recommended that you also keep you own as well as copies of any qualifications and certificates you have earned in case you change employer. Your Personal Development Plan (PDP) will also be part of your CPD.