Importance of Continually Improving Knowledge and Practice

The process of continuous professional development (CPD) allows me assess my knowledge and skills, reflect on my practice, identify any training or learning needs and to develop a plan in order to meet those needs. It also ensures that I am fully aware of, up to date with and adhering to all the current Health and Social care standards, legislation and guidelines for good practice and am following my company policies and procedures.
This not only improves my own satisfaction within my role but also improves competence within the job ensuring I maintain and enhance my knowledge and skills in order to deliver a professional service to my clients. It also increases confidence in delivering a quality service and ensures my knowledge is up to date and relevant.   Consequently career opportunities are enhanced as was evidenced in one of my previous roles where areas of need were identified and acted on leading to a promotion into a management role. As a result of CPD, the client benefits from an improved service and the service itself benefits from increased staff morale and motivation, improved quality assurance processes and a more skilled and competent workforce. Appropriate professional development   is crucial to ensure that I am able to access training and support that is relevant to my individual learning needs, the needs of the service in which I work and also relevant to the needs of my clients.
In my role as a care support manager, areas of training were identified to better support clients, such as those with dementia, and consequently I had a better understanding of this condition and was better able to support those clients and also the care support staff who dealt with them on a daily basis.
The ongoing refection and evaluating of these learning plans allow me to maintain competence both for myself and the service, makes it more likely that I will put what I have learned into practice and identifies any future learning needs.