What Is Continuous Professional Development

What is continuous professional development and why is it important in social care services?

In this assignment I will be providing an explanation of what professional practice is and why it is so important.
I will seek to identify barriers to professional practice and demonstrate a variety of ways in which it can be achieved and which ways are most pertinent to my development, including any or all factors that need to be considered.
I will also be examining my job description, code of conduct, and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) essential standards for care reflectively and identifying areas of personal development from them.
Throughout this assignment I will be comparing various reflective practice models, examining which are most beneficial to my role and drawing conclusions as to why reflective practice is vital to the organisation, me and my staff team.
This will be demonstrated by identifying areas of development within Home A, evaluating them and highlighting areas of improvement using reflective practice.
This assignment is personally reflective and will be written in the first person as it deals with concepts of self and personal judgements (Webb, 1992)
Continuous Professional Development (CPD), as defined by The Business Dictionary is the:
“Process of improving and increasing capabilities of staff through access to education and training opportunities in the workplace, through outside organization, or through watching others perform the job. Professional development helps build and maintain morale of staff members, and is thought to attract higher quality staff to an organization.”
CPD and reflective practice are extremely important in all settings, particularly in social care settings, as they highlight poor practice and provide a safe vehicle for progressing the level of knowledge with the staff team. They promote both individual learning and organisational development. They take the “the task” as a vehicle for learning and...