Principles of Personal Development in Adult Social Care and Settings

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What is required for good practice in adult social care

Standards that influence the way adult social care job roles are carried out. Codes of Practice set out the criteria against which providers are assessed by. They also describe the standards of conduct and practice with which workers must carry out their activities and ensure that what they do is competent and consistent with the values of their employer. These standards are how  registrants’ ‘fitness to practice’ is determined. For a care worker to work in a certain profession, they have to register with their particular Professional Council and then work to the Codes of Practice which they deem fit. Not following their Code of Practice could result in them being taken of the register and no longer  allowed to work in that role. Codes of Practice are specific to work roles: ■ Codes of Practice for Social Care Workers 

and Employers: General Social Care Council 
■ Codes or Standards of conduct, 
performance and ethics for nurses & midwives

Reflecting on work activities is an important way to develop own knowledge and skills.

Reflection on your own practice is important because it allows you to assess what you are doing well, identify areas where you might like or maybe need more training or guidance in to ensure you are performing to the best you can, and are meeting all standards and expectations within the elderly house policies and procedures. Reflecting on your practice can enhance and improve your confidence and self esteem because you can look at what you are doing well, the things you have learnt and achieved and feel good about yourself especially if you have done something with ease that you used to find difficult, if you have done something you never did well in or something that you have never tried before. This then gives you confidence to continue working well and to aim to try other new things or to use what new skills or knowledge you have gained in your practices. During the activity you improve you learning by asking you supervisor/senior. You learn from others people strategies. Find ways to reflect your self in your activity. Reflection, which is learning through experience, is not a new concept. As humans, we naturally reflect on our surroundings and experiences. It is a learning tool that will help us improve our skill and develop our knowledge and practice. Also it is important to find your strengths and weaknesses so that you can develop and improve on them, so you can make your weakness your strengths. Reflecting on your self is a complex activity that requires the individual to develop a set of skills. When you reflect you stand back and think of a situation or problem, gain a new perspective of something, make sense of our experiences and construct meaning and knowledge that directs actions in practice. Use evidence to help decide on decisions.

Ways to ensure that personal attitudes or beliefs do not obstruct the quality of work.

The best way to ensure that personal attitudes or beliefs don’t obstruct the quality of work is to be dedicated to excellence. Personal attitudes can be changed through education. That is an important way. It helps to develop a good work ethic.

How learning activities can develop knowledge, skills and understanding.

How a learning activity has improved own knowledge, skills and understanding.

The more you think and plan, the better you can do. Think things all the way through to a successful conclusion.

Improving improved own knowledge, skills and understanding by reflecting on a situation

I don't have a situation that I really want to share, but I spend a great deal of time reflecting on life from various perspectives from the logical/intellectual to the mystical/muse. The two quotes below are on a list that I keep in my desk. They remind me why I must make time, even if it appears I'm doing something else, to reflect. * “Think left and think right and think low and...
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