Principle of Personal Development in Adult Social Care Settings

Understand how to reflect on practice in adult social care
1.1 Explain what reflective practice is
Reflective practice is a way of studying your own experiences to improve the way you work. So you may do a certain job one way. But my standing back and thinking about what you are actually doing and seeing if there may be a better or easier way of doing that job.

1.2 Explain the importance of reflective practice in continuously improving the quality of service provided.
Reflective practice is important because it allows you to identify areas you need to improve on. By having the ability to monitor your own performance you can make adjustments where necessary. This is helpful as no two individuals are the same so something that works for one may not work for someone else, so the need to reflect on what you are going to do and the adjustments you need to make are essential in person centred care.

1.3 Explain how standards inform reflective practice in adult social care
Standards such as the essential standards or the code of practice for care workers inform us how we should be working. They affect the way we work on a day to day basis. They also can make us aware of areas we need to change in the way we work.

1.4 Describe how own values, belief systems and experiences may affect working practice
Everyone has different values and beliefs from cultural values to religious beliefs and many more. Something that may be very important to you may not be the same for someone else. We will not always agree on everything. In my job role I have a duty of care to everyone I care for even to the individual does not share the same values and beliefs as I do. I would not be fulfilling my role as a care worker if I allowed different preferences interfere the way I care for someone. Also having respect for an individual’s beliefs can go a long way even if you don’t agree with them. I would fail to achieve the standards of the code of practice if I could not treat...