Unit code: SHC 52
Unit reference number: L/602/2578
Understand principles of professional development
In order for us to continually improve we first need to be able to reflect on our current professional practice. Being able to reflect allows us to identify what we are doing well and where we need to or might like to improve; it also allows us to ensure we are meeting all necessary standards and expectations within the organisations policies and procedures and current health and social care standards. CPD is paramount for my career and increases my chance of promotion and employability within my sector.
Expectations are forever increasing and policies and procedures are constantly being updated, this provides us with the need to continually improve our knowledge and development. Identifying where we need to develop further is crucial and once we have done this the next challenge is providing the relevant training /support.
Although there are lots of opportunities within and outside our organisation for professional development we face many barriers-
Organisational barriers: * Time restraints * Lack of resources or funding * Staff shortage * Poor organisation * Lack of or poor staff monitoring/ supervisions/appraisals
Personal barriers * Confidence * Financial * Family commitments/ childcare * Transport issues * Language barriers * Learning difficulties * Poor attitude
Providing staff with allocated time for learning and development, assessing within the workplace, supporting those with learning needs, funding/sponsoring training and education and providing sources and systems of support are some of the ways we as an organisation can overcome these barriers.