Name: Paula Parham
Unit 502 – Promote professional development
1.1 Explain the importance of continually improving knowledge and practice
The importance of continually improving my knowledge and working practice is to make sure that I am aware of and adhere to all the current Health and social care standards, legislations and guidelines for good practice in my work place.
Professional development refers to the acquisition of skills and knowledge both for personal development and for career enhancement.
Improving my personal development benefits not only me, but the company I work for, my staff and the service users for who I care for. It enables me to keep up to date and change ...view middle of the document...
• Lack of supportive staff – staff that are only concerned with earning their wage each month without caring about the knowledge and training to care for service users properly.
• No time to train – adequate time needs to be set aside for each staff member so that they understand and are confident it what they are learning.
• No encouragement from management/senior staff – Management suggesting and encouraging suitable/mandatory training courses and supporting staff through these.
• Inadequate regular supervisions – Monthly supervisions to talk privately with staff regarding any help or training requirements is imperative. Staff need to be able to talk openly with management to be able to continue their professional development. It also helps for management to have an open door policy so that staff do not have to wait for the monthly supervision and can continue to improve daily from management experience.
These are all Organisational barriers but we can also have personal barriers which prevent professional development. These could be
• Low self-esteem - If an individual lacks confidence, this can affect how much they are willing to learn
• Transport issues – If a company are not able to offer in house training or training courses on site and have to go to other training venues it could involve costs that the individual is not willing/able to pay so this needs to be discussed with management.
• Childcare issues – If a training course is not during normal working hours this could lead to no childcare and can prevent the individual from attending essential training courses.
• Sick/holiday time – If an individual is unable to attend training due to arranged holidays or unexpected sickness can impair their learning or possible promotion in the work place through lack of qualifications.
1.3 compare the use of different sources and systems of support for professional development
We all have a world of knowledge and resources. This can be channelled in either a formal and structured approach or by observations. It all depends on the individual’s motivation.
Different ways in which professional development can be carried out can be in formal methods such as appraisals and supervisions. This allows the manager, who conducts these to assess staffs performances. They look at future goals and identify the needs of the staff member on an individual basis according to the organisations policies and objectives. This will create a plan for them to move forward and identifying their training needs to allow them to grow and evolve. This in turn, in the long run helps not only the individual but the organisation.
Mentoring is a huge support tool. It is used mostly when employing new members of staff and allows them to see how a more long standing member of staff works. It allows them to pass on their knowledge and expertise and guide them through policies and procedures and allows the new member of staff to find a way in which to work...