Learn, Do Not Copy!

Show How a Learning Activity Has Improved Knowledge, Skills and Understanding

This page is designed to answer the following questions:

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It is important for a health and social care worker to proactively and continuously learn and develop and one of the ways that knowledge, skills and understanding can be improved is by partaking in learning activities.

Learning Activities

Learning activities cover a broad range of actions including:

  • Formal training, either in-house with your organisation or provided by an outside agency.
  • Meetings with colleagues and other professionals. Sharing ideas and experiences can be very useful.
  • Self-directed learning and own research
  • Mentoring/coaching programmes
  • Meetings with manager, such as supervision, appraisal etc.
  • Reflective practice or thinking about work you have done and how you may do it better in future.
  • Own practice. The experience of completing tasks in your own role gives you the opportunity to learn how best to do the work.

Improving Knowledge, Skills & Understanding

Thinking back to some of the learning activities that you have undertaken in the past, you should be able to identify some examples of how they have helped you in your professional development. You should also be able to evidence this in your day-to-day practice.

You may think back to when you first started working in the care industry and worked towards your Care Certificate and explain that you were unaware of your rights as an employee until you did this.

Or you may discuss a first-aid course you were on that taught you how to perform CPR – if you can provide an example of using CPR to save a life, even better!

Or maybe you could describe a time when you examined the incident record of an individual with challenging behaviour and identified a particular trigger that no-one else had noticed.

To evaluate the impact of learning activities, you should reflect on how your practice has been affected and ask for feedback from others. Ask yourself questions such as is there any evidence my practice has improved as a result of the learning activity? Di the learning activity have the intended impact? Would I recommend this learning activity to others? COuld I share what I learned with others to help improve their practice?

By doing this, you will be able to assess if the learning activity had a positive impact on practice, and if so, how much of an effect it had.