Unit 502 - Promote Professional Development

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©HSC DIPLOMA HELP ͟͠͞͠ Unit 502: Promote Professional Development Unit code: SHC 52 Unit summary The purpose of this unit is to assess the learner’s knowledge, understanding and skills required to promote the professional duty to maintain the currency of knowledge and skills and the need to continually reflect on and improve practice. 1. Understand principles of professional development 1.1 Explain the importance of continually improving knowledge and practice An important principle of CPD is that it includes much more than going on courses. All organisations need to develop a learning culture with work based learning at the heart of this. Continual professional development is a process of life-long learning that meets the needs of clients and enables care workers to expand and fulfil their potential. It is important to continually improve your knowledge and practice in order to remain aware and keep updated regards current guidelines, legislations and standards relative to your practice. As manager it is your role and responsibility to ensure staff are kept up to date with and legislation, standards and guideline changes. The GSCC Code of Practice state that ‘social care employers must provide training and development opportunities to enable social care workers to strengthen and develop their skills and knowledge.’ The White Paper – ‘Modernising Social Services Promoting Independence, Improving Protection, Raising Standards’ (written in 1998) identified that 80% of all care staff HSC DIPLOMA HELP | This document is protected by copyright and belongs to hsc diploma help. NOT for resale purposes 1 ©HSC DIPLOMA HELP ͟͠͞͠ had no formal training and that there were no national standards of practice. It stated that ‘A competent and confident workforce is an essential component of the modernisation of the social services. More recently
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