Principles of personal development in adult social care settings Task A
Reflective Guide for Social Care Workers
What is reflective practice?
This is a way of studying or analysing your own experiences so that you can make improvements on the way you approach your day to day work. It is about examining the work or duties you carry out on a daily basis and identifying areas that require additional support and development. It is also a way of recognising those things that you do very well and sharing this knowledge and also ensuring that you approach all other duties with the same enthusiasm. Reflective practice can also involve thinking about an event after it happens, critically evaluating your actions and making adjustments if necessary.
Why is reflective practice important?
Reflective practice is important so that you can provide the best possible service for those you support on a day to day basis. It also helps you to grow professionally and personally by identifying training or personal development needs. The nature of work in the sector also requires a fresh approach and attitude to problems and situations because you will be supporting individuals, and this is only possible with reflective practice. It also very good practice to reflect on your daily work as this makes you more competent. Reflective practice is also important for personal development planning.
How reflective practice contributes to improving the quality of service provision When you as an individual reflect on your work, the way you approach your work and the way you deliver a service, you make small or big changes that make the services overall better. Imagine all your work colleagues taking the same process of thinking about their work and identifying ways they could have approached situations or critically evaluating their work? Collectively as a team the Service Provider, in this case the Organisation you work for will have better services that meet the needs of the service users. In other words the service provided will be of better value, put customer needs first and good quality.
How standards can be used to help a social care worker reflect on their practice? Being a social care worker is not an exact science and there are no “formulas” that define how to do the role because you work with people who are individuals and should be treated as do to promote person-centred care. However, national minimum standards are set and these standards help in ensuring high quality provision of services. Standards can be used so that when reflecting on your practice you are meeting them and continually improving and adapting them to cater for individual’s needs. Standards are set to help social care workers work at the same level and above and by reflecting either in groups or as individuals they can maintain or improve on them.
2. Meeting notes for feedback
Why is it important for a social care worker to seek feedback on performance? Seeking feedback is always a very good way of evaluating ones work. It is also important because it helps the social care worker to improve on ways of working they may need to and also to help work in the best way possible. The drawback of feedback can be that it may deter some people from working in the industry and it can be daunting to know we don’t always get it right. Criticism alone can make the worker feel hopeless but constructive criticism provides a solution and makes the situation less hopeless.
The different ways that people may react to receiving constructive feedback Some people will take on board the feedback they are given and put it in practice thereby improving their performance. Feedback can be positive and it is important to continue working to the same level in the areas where positive feedback has been given. Feedback can also be constructive but it is equally important to take it on board and see it as lessons learned and improve. People will take feedback...
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