Principles of Personal Development in Adult Social Care Settings

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UNIT 2 - PRINCIPLES OF PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT IN ADULT SOCIAL CARE SETTINGS ASSIGNMENT OVERVIEW In this assignment, you will look at the importance of reflective practice in adult social care. You will explore how reflective practice can improve your development and practice and contribute to the quality of service provision You will also look at the process of planning development, and the importance of feedback and reflect on how your values, belief systems may affect your practice. TASKS There are three tasks to this assignment. TASK 1 2 3 TASK 1 You are going to be a mentor for a new social care worker as part of their induction process. Part of your role is to help them prepare for the review after their probation period. 1. Create a guide for the new social care worker about how to reflect on their practice. The guide must include the headings listed with an explanation of each. • What is reflective practice? • Why is reflective practice important? • How reflective practice contributes to improving the quality of service provision. • How standards can be used to help a social care worker reflect on their practice. 2. You arrange a mentor meeting to feed back to the social care worker. You have comments to make which include both praise and constructive criticism. Write notes to prepare for your meeting. In your notes, explain: • Why it is important for a social care worker to seek feedback on performance. • The different ways that people may react to receiving constructive feedback. • Why it is important for a social care worker to use the feedback to improve their practice. EVIDENCE Guidance Personal development plan Reflecting on learning experience OUTCOMES 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 1.4


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TASK 2 1. Design a template for a personal development plan (PDP) that you could use to improve your learning, development and professional practice. For each heading in the template, provide a brief summary describing what should be included. 2. Explain how a PDP can help a social care worker identify improvements in their knowledge, understanding and practice.

A pdp in social care, is a great way of identifying your strengths and weaknesses in your practice. With a pdp you can make a list of areas you would like to improve in, maybe just to attend a training course, or just to improve the way you do things in your job role. It is a constant on going reflection on areas you wish to improve. You have to consider what areas it is you need to improve, who or what is available to support you. You also set targets of what you want to achieve, who can help and support you and the time span this would take to complete.

3. Identify sources of support for planning and reviewing your development.

When looking for support when reviewing your development you can look at the media, because health care is always on the news. You can find out about studies that is going on and the research they are looking at. With the media you can find out about legislations new developments, guidelines and reports, for the people who are working and using the care services in the area you live in. With reports you can look at the failures people have experienced within the health care sector. Also the internet is a good place to find out information about documents and research that is taking place. The draw back of this is you must check the validity of this, and do not assume everything you are reading is fact. You can also go to a conference or talk with your supervisor or manager, about other sources of information available to you. 4. Identify people who can help you develop your knowledge, understanding and practice.

People who can help you identify your knowledge and understanding in the care sector, can be your manager or supervisor within your employment. They can help you identify which areas need to be improved, and what help is...
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