Unit 503

Yvonne Hardy Unit 502

1 Promote professional development Level 5 Health & Social care

1 understand principles of professional development
1.1 Explain the importance of continually improving knowledge and practice

I feel it is important for me to continually improve my knowledge to ensure that I am aware of, and follow all the current health & social care standards, legislation, and guidelines for good practice as well as ensuring I follow my company’s policies and procedures.
I also feel it is vital that I pass any new knowledge I gain on to the staff because this provides them with up to date information in order for them to carry out their roles as support workers effectively.
I will do this during staff meetings, supervisions and appraisals. We also have a weekly staff letter.

For me learning is a way of gaining new skills and it enables me to progress and achieve within my career and working practices as a manager. Personal and professional development not only benefits me, but it also benefits the Company as well as the staff and service users I support.

I like to focus on training that is relevant to the role I am carrying out and also ensures that I am able to be effective in my role. As a manager I am responsible for others this includes Staff, service users, family members and other health care professionals so it is very important to me that I am knowledgeable and effective in my role.

1.2 Analyse potential barriers to professional development
There are many potential barriers to professional development within an organisation these could include:

•Lack of budget from the organisation – an adequate training budget should be in place and agreed each year to keep up to date with ongoing and new training courses.

•Staff shortages- Recruitment of Care support staff

•No time to train – adequate time needs to be set aside for each staff member so that they   understand and are confident with what they are learning and can...