This page is designed to answer the following questions:
- 2.2h Demonstrate how to record progress in relation to their personal development (Care Certificate, Standard 2: Your personal development)
- 4.5 Demonstrate how to record progress in relation to personal development (Level 2 Diploma in Care, Personal development in care settings)
- 5.4 Record progress in relation to personal development (Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care, Promote personal development in care settings)
- 4.3 Record progress in relation to personal development (Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care, Personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings)
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After you have worked with your manager to create your own Personal Development Plan (PDP), it is important to review it regularly to ensure you are on target and your progress is kept up to date.
This means keeping a log of any training or other learning that you have completed and keeping hold of any certificates you have been awarded.
This is important for several reasons.
Firstly, it will evidence that you are competent in particular areas. Many employers will ask for proof of your training and development at the interview stage, and without an accurate record, you will not be able to provide this.
It is also important for employers to have a log of learning and the specialist skills of their employees, not only from a practical point of view (e.g. sourcing a relief member of staff with epilepsy training to support an individual with epilepsy) but also for legislative and regulatory compliance.
Finally, we are all fallible and, given enough time, will probably forget some of our achievements. Keeping a record allows us to look back on our personal development and ensure we remember what we have learned. It is also nice to see how far we have come since starting work in the industry.
It is advisable to record your progress in your Personal Development Plan (PDP). You could use a table like the one below to do this.
|Gain a nationally recognised qualification in care
|Government-funded Diploma in Health & Social Care Level 2
|Informal discussion with manager every month
|Learn life-saving first aid
|Practical first aid course at head office
|14th December 2014
|Discussion at next supervision
|Course went well, learned lots
Your PDP and all certificates, witness statements and documents related to your learning and development should be stored together as part of your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) record.