Unit 502 – Promote Professional Development
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It is important to continue improving knowledge & practice, due to the ever increasing changes in the health & social care environment. The impact of these changes has meant that managers and carers now have to deliver higher standards of care & support to their clients. Constant changes mapped out by government bodies, such as CQC – means that all care has to be delivered at such a high standard, therefore staff need to have a better understanding of all aspects surrounding the care environment. Gone are the days where you were just about to care & support people who needed help.
Due to the various changes of delivery in health & social care services, such as residential; or supported living or independent living. Staff now how to increase their knowledge and require continuing professional development. Skills for Care state that staff are to be capable, skilled, responsive and well-trained. Therefore professional development needs to be a continuous process where knowledge & skills are being updated and improved where possible to give the best care to our service users.
Legislation & government policies effect how care is delivered. As a manager I need to be aware of the changes, and make any changes if required. I also need to update my staff of any changes, and explain to them why these changes have been made, so they can implement them.
There are many barriers I face when dealing with professional development. Though I have a small staff team, a lot of them are from an older generation, where they didn’t do that well at school, some of them hated school, and they couldn’t wait to leave education and go out to work. This now makes it difficult for them to learn, as they have a fear of learning – due to lack of confidence & understanding of the learning material given to them. Most of them came into the care industry purely because they had a love to care for those who needed it. This was to