Understand what is required for good practice in adult social care roles. 1.1 Identify standards that influence the way adult social care job roles are carried out.
Below is a list of some of the legislations that are relevant to adult social care. These make up ‘standards’ to follow for good practice.
* Care Standards Act 2000
* Domiciliary Care Regulations 2002
* Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
* Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992
* Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999
* GSCC Codes of Practice for social care workers
* National Occupational Standards
* Safety (General Food Hygiene) Regulations
* Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSSH), Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR), etc.
1.2 Explain why reflecting on work activities is an important way to develop own knowledge and skills.
Being able to reflect on our actions and experiences at work, learn from them and change our behaviour accordingly are some of the most important personal development skills we can acquire. We need to consider – knowledge – what we know and do not know, Skills – how able we are at doing something or not, and practices – how we behave or perform a task. Reflective practice is the process that enables us to achieve a better understanding of ourselves, our knowledge and understanding, our skills and competencies, and workplace practices in general. It involves * Considering what we do
* Considering why we do it like that.
* Considering whether it is successful.
* Considering whether it could be done any better.
* Planning for any changes to what we do.
Through being reflective:
* We become more self-aware. Being self-aware allows us to have raised awareness of others and how we care for them. * We are able to identify weak work practices, monitor standards and consider alternative approaches and activities in pursuit of best practice. * We have the opportunity to consider our own and others learning and development, thereby ensuring competent practice and improved quality of service. * We are able to explore and deal with any negative feelings and anxieties associated with our work, and as a result develop a more positive attitude and improved relationships.
1.3 Describe ways to ensure that personal attitudes or beliefs do not obstruct the quality of work.
We all have attitudes, how we think, behave or what we value. These are very personal to us and different individuals have different attitudes. Our beliefs are a set of ideas and principles about what we consider right and wrong, true and false. Like our attitudes, our beliefs are very personal. These will include such things as our religious and political views. It is highly unlikely that you will agree with the attitudes and beliefs of everyone you work with and it is therefore important that you do not allow these differences to obstruct the quality of your work nor cloud your judgement of others. It is important that you consider the following: * Find out about the individuals – their history. Understanding the individual may challenge your own attitudes and beliefs. * Find out about their attitudes and beliefs – ignorance can often be a barrier. Understanding may promote tolerance. * Be professional at work. Even if you fundamentally disagree with another individual’s attitudes and beliefs, they have the right to hold them, just the same as you have. Respect this. * Promote empathy. Considering life from their perspective may help you appricate their attitudes and beliefs.
Understand how learning activities can develop knowledge, skills and understanding.
2.1 Describe how a learning activity has improved own knowledge, skills and...