Unit 502 – Promote Professional Development Essay

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Unit 502 – Promote Professional Development

Learning Outcome
1. Understand the principles of professional development

1.1 Explain the importance of continually improving knowledge and practice

It is important for me to continually improve my knowledge and follow best practice. I need to ensure that I am aware of and follow current RQIA Minimum Standards, Supporting People QAF and NISCC standards. By doing this I am following current legislation and guidelines for continued good practice in my work setting. This then in turn provides the best possible outcomes for my service users.
By learning new skills and attending mandatory training with regular updates enables me to increase my knowledge and progress my working
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Restrictions of the service can also be a barrier to staff who are willing to fund their own professional development course, as I am not always able to release staff to attend classes due to staff shortages.
Ambition is individualised and not all my staff are willing to develop as they state they are satisfied within their current role and do not wish to progress in their careers.
Other barriers may involve people’s ability to learn, for example a staff member who has a condition such as dyslexia may be resistant to professional development as they don’t feel they have the ability to achieve.
Staff who may have had a poor learning experience in the past may also be reluctant due to lack of confidence in a learning environment.
Some staff may have issues within their home life and don’t feel able to commit to development due to other priorities.

1.3 Compare the use of different sources and systems of support for professional development

Formal Support
Formal support systems that are used in Triangle’s workplace to support professional development are the use of formal appraisal and supervision sessions for all members of staff. Another method of formal support that I would complete with Support staff and Team Leaders is Medication competency assessments. All these methods are arranged in advance with the staff aware of what will be discussed

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