Unit 501

Unit 502  

Understand principles of professional development.

1.2 Explain the importance of continually improving knowledge and practice.
In my role it is important to continually improve my knowledge and practices. In health and social care ways of working and legislation as well as good practice are constantly changing. Therefore it is important to keep up to date with training and also any changes in legislation. This will enable me to deliver the best service possible to the tenants I support and also enables me to keep staff up to date with any changes in the way that we work. It also forms part of The codes of practice for social care workers to keep skills and knowledge up to date. I believe that I should take responsibility for my own learning and development. I’m always looking for ways to improve my knowledge and aid my development, I do this by looking for training opportunities and requesting from my line manager to attend such courses. By taking responsibility for my own development it allows me to set myself goals that I know I’m able to achieve.

1.2 Analyse potential barriers to professional development.

• Poor communication• Lack of resources or budget • Staff shortages, • No encouragement from my manager • No training opportunities within an organisation or No time to train • Inadequate supervision or appraisal systems within an organisation Personal Barriers: • Transport problems • Possible Language barriers• personal issues • Health problems • Conflicting appointments (unable to attend due to meetings!) 
As a team Leader I have encountered a number of these barriers with staff not being able to attend training events due to public transport, child care, illness and conflicting appointments. I have resolved so of these situations without a lot of effect such as asking another member of staff to take them to the venue and ensuring the staff gain more time management skills to ensure appointments don’t conflict. But there are others...