A scoping Be able to evaluate own performance
3.1 Evaluate own knowledge, performance and understanding against relevant standards
Once you have begun to identify the major factors that have infuenced your development, the next stage is to look at how they have afected the way in which you work and relate to the people with whom you work. This is the basis of developing into a ‘refective practitioner’ – someone who evaluates what they do.
When working in social care, to be efective and to provide the best possible service for those you support, you need to be able to think about and evaluate what you do and the way you work, and to identify your strengths and weaknesses. It is important that you learn to think about your own practice in a constructive way. Refection and evaluation should not undermine your confdence in your own work; rather, you should use them in a constructive way to identify areas for improvement.
The ability to do this is an indication of excellent practice. Any workers in social care who believe that they have no need to improve their practice or to develop and add to their skills and understanding are not demonstrating good and competent practice, but rather an arrogant and potentially dangerous lack of understanding of the nature of work in the sector.
Becoming a thoughtful practitioner is not about torturing yourself with self-doubts and examining your weaknesses until you reach the point where your self-confdence is at zero. But it is important that you examine the work you have done and identify areas where you know you need to carry out additional development. A useful tool in learning to become a refective practitioner is to develop a checklist which you can use, either afer you have dealt with a difcult situation or at the end of each shif or day’s work, to look at your own performance.
Your approach to professional development
A key factor is to be organised in your approach to