PWS22 Principles of Personal Development in adult social care settings
TASK 1: Understand what is required for good practice in adult social care roles. 1.1 Identify standards that influence the way the adult social care job roles are carried out.
The duties and responsibilities required by my employer are not the only requirements of working in social care. The regulator in the UK country where I work will require that you follow a code of practice for employers of social care workers that would list out the duties and expectations for everyone who works in that sector. Having a code of practice is important in social care due to the fact within this sector you are working with people that are very vulnerable in society. They have a right to expect a certain standard of work, moral and ethical behaviour. In order to be employed in social care in the UK there is a requirement to be registered. This means having or working towards a certain minimum level of qualification and agreeing work within the code of practice that sets out the required behaviour.
Standards that are applicable to my role as social care worker are the National minimum standards, this is used by the commission for social care inspection (CSCI) to inspect the quality of care in services.
National Occupational Standards – UK Standards of performance where people are expected to achieve in their work, knowledge and skills they need to perform effectively. Competence, demonstrating the skills and knowledge required by the National Occupational Standards.
As a social care worker I will have criteria to guide my practice and be clear about what standard of conduct I am expected to meet. You are encouraged to use the codes to examine my own practice and for areas in which you can improve. In social care as the employer you will know what part you are expected to play in the regulation of the workforce and the support of high quality social care. You are encouraged to review my own standards of practice and policies in keeping with the standards set in the code. As a user of services or member of the public the codes will help you to understand how a social care worker should behave towards you and how employers should support social care workers to do their jobs well.
Task 1.2: Explain why reflecting on work activities is an important way to develop own knowledge and skills.
Reflection is the examination of personal thoughts and actions. For practitioners this means focusing on how they interact with colleagues and with the environment to obtain a clearer picture of their own behaviour. There are two fundamental forms of reflection on action and reflection in action. Understanding the differences between these two is important as it will assist practitioners in discovering a range of techniques they can use to develop their personal and professional competences. Reflection and action is perhaps the most common form of reflection as it involves carefully re running in my own mind events that have occurred in the past. The aim is to value my strengths and to develop different more effective ways of acting in the future. Reflection- on Action:
Being a participant observer in situations that offer learning opportunities. Attending to what I see and feel in my current situation, focusing my responses and making connections with previous experiences. Being in the experience and at the same time adopting a witness stance as if you were outside it.
Task 1.3: Describe ways to ensure that the personal attitudes or beliefs do not obstruct the quality of work. The elderly are the greatest users of the health system, so it is an advantage to provide care support and assistance in the best possible way with good positive attitudes. It is quite normal for many people to live to live for 20 to 40 years after retirement. Therefore it is essential that they are assisted to have a rich quality of life in the best health possible. This means independence...
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