Category: 302: Engage in personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings (SHC 32)

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Explain Why Reflecting on Work Activities is an Important Way to Develop Knowledge, Skills and Practice

Reflective practice or self-reflection is an important skill for any health and social care worker to have. In fact, …reflective capacity is regarded by many as an essential characteristic for professional competence. Mann, K., Gordon, J. & MacLeod, A. Adv in Health Sci Educ (2009) 14: 595. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10459-007-9090-2 It involves looking back on something that…

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Identify people who can help you develop your knowledge, understanding and practice.

As mentioned previously, my manager can help develop my knowledge, understanding and practice by giving me feedback in my supervisions, appraisals, observations and professional discussions. Other members of my team are also a good source of information and the individuals I support and their families can also offer me insights into what I need to…

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Identify Sources of Support for Planning and Reviewing Your Development.

Support for planning and reviewing your development can be obtained from many sources. Asking for feedback from colleagues, clients, client’s families and other professionals can help identify areas of development to consider. Quarterly supervisions and annual appraisals can also be used and mutually agreeable targets between yourself and your manager can be set. Quarterly observations…

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Explain how a PDP can help a social care worker identify improvements in their knowledge, understanding and practice.

A Personal Development Plan (PDP) is a record of a social care worker’s professional achievements over time. By keeping an up-to-date PDP, a social care worker can see how their knowledge, understanding and practice has progressed as well as the current objectives and goals. Also, writing a PDP forces a social care worker to think…

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Personal Development Plan Example

Design a template for a personal development plan (PDP) that you could use to improve your learning, development and professional practice. For each heading in the template, provide a brief summary describing what should be included. Goal (the outcome to be achieved) Milestones (for longer goals, mini-objectives along the way) Target date (the goal/milestone should be…

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Mentor Meeting Feedback Notes

You arrange a mentor meeting to feed back to the social care worker. You have comments to make which include both praise and constructive criticism. Write notes to prepare for your meeting. In your notes, explain: Why is it important for a social care worker to seek feedback on performance? The different ways that people…

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REFLECTIVE PRACTICE GUIDE

Create a guide for the new social worker for about how to reflect on their practice. The guide must include the headings listed with an explanation of each.         What is reflective practice? Why is reflective practice important? How reflective practice contributes to improving the quality of service provision. How standards can be used to…

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