Unit 502 - Promote professional development
1.1The importance of continually improving my knowledge and working practice is to make sure that I am aware of and work to all the current Health and social care standards, legislations and guidelines for good practice in my work place. Improving my personal development benefits me, the company I work for, my staff and the service users for who I care for. It enables me to keep up to date to make sure that the service I offer is relevant and appropriate to care for the service users. The service users must be confident that they can trust the people that they receive the care from and that they know what they are doing and do it well. There ...view middle of the document...
* 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. Staffs 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.
* Low self-esteem - If an individual lacks confidence, this can affect how much they are willing to learn or do.
* 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 or able to pay.
* 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.
1.3Different ways in which professional development can be carried out can be in formal methods such as appraisals and supervisions, mentoring, training courses etc.
Appraisals - This allows the manager, 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 develop. This benefits the individual and the company.
Mentoring - We use this when we have new employees. We ask them to follow a member of staff and this allows them to see how a more long standing member of staff works. It allows the staff member to pass on their knowledge and expertise and guide them through policies and procedures. The new employee can work with this member of staff throughout their working time. However, mentoring can be carried out by numerous members of staff on different shifts. This gives the new member of staff different ideas on ways to work so that they can find a way of working which is comfortable for them.
Training courses- We use these to enhance the workers knowledge. This is ongoing throughout the workers time within the organisation. There are three mandatory training programmes throughout the year and then we also offer a range of optional training so that staff can gain extra knowledge and achieve the highest standards in the care setting. Outside agencies can help the company and individuals with professional development. These can include CQC, social services,...