Unit 4 Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care



Unit 4:
Personal and Professional


Development in Health and Social


Care

Unit code:
K/601/1572

QCF level:
4


Credit value:
15






Aim

The aim of this unit is to encourage learners to develop as reflective practitioners by applying their understanding and skills to their own health and social care setting.


Unit abstract

This unit provides learners with an opportunity to develop as reflective practitioners. A minimum of 200 hours of work experience will be completed in order to achieve the unit. This practice will provide the basis of evidence for assessment of the unit.

Learners’ practice, observations and learning in the workplace will be supplemented with wider understanding and knowledge from all parts of the course.

Evidence of learning will be presented through a portfolio that reflects the learner’s ability as a reflective practitioner. Planning, monitoring and revision of personal development plans would be appropriate evidence for achieving personal targets and learning outcomes.

Evidence from workplace settings should be validated and authenticated by appropriately qualified expert witnesses.

It is essential that learners and assessors respect the confidentiality of information from the workplace at all times.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit a learner will:

1       Understand how personal values and principles influence individual contributions to work in health and social care settings

2       Be able to produce, monitor, revise and evaluate plans for personal progress in developing the skills and abilities required of a health and social care practitioner

3       Understand the application of principles of professional engagement with users of health and social care services

4       Be able to demonstrate development of own skills and understanding in relation to working with others in health and social care practice.






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Unit content



1      Understand how personal values and principles influence individual contributions to work in health and social care settings

Personal values: influences of eg beliefs and preferences, culture, political perspectives, interests and priorities, change over lifespan

Culture and experiences: influences of eg family, ethnicity, belief, education, employment, age and gender, life events

Values and principles: equal rights, diversity, confidentiality, protection from abuse and harm New developments: legislation, policies, research, priorities and targets

Change to personal values: influences of eg overcoming of tensions between personal values and principles of good practice; differences relating to values of others eg users of service, workplace organisations, other people with whom you work


2      Be able to produce, monitor, revise and evaluate plans for personal progress in developing the skills and abilities required of a health and social care practitioner

Own abilities and learning styles: planning cycle, practical skills, interpersonal skills, application to practice, level of performance, learning experiences and preferred learning style

Personal development plan: for acquiring new skills, updating practice, learning, career development; three months, one year, five years

3      Understand the application of principles of professional engagement with users of health and social care services

Professional relationships: with individuals, their family and friends, team members, line managers, workers in other agencies; rights and responsibilities of users of service versus care workers and others; professional codes; trust; advocacy; empowerment

Models of support: medical health versus social model; individual benefit versus organisational benefit

Dilemmas: risk, abuse, challenging behaviour, conflict, ethics, confidentiality versus disclosure, expectations changing over time, conflicts between principles of good practice and values of others

Own practice: roles eg meeting needs of users of service, provider of health and social care services, facilitator, advocate, adviser, counsellor, mentor

Barriers: miscommunication, different professional codes of practice, group cohesiveness, personalities












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4      Be able to demonstrate development of own skills and understanding in relation to working with others in health and social care practice

Own contribution: skills, knowledge, understanding, communication information, responsibilities; models of reflection, critical reflection

Collective effectiveness of teams: meeting needs and expectations of users of service, improving team performance, supporting other team members, meeting objectives, formal and informal roles within organisational structures and systems

Barriers: interpersonal interactions; professional codes, differing priorities, expectations, experience, accountability



























































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Learning outcomes and assessment criteria


Learning outcomes
Assessment criteria for pass


On successful completion of
The learner can:


this unit a learner will:










LO1 Understand how personal

1.1
compare personal values and principles with the


values and principles


principles of support for working in health and social


influence individual


care


contributions to work in

1.2
assess how personal culture and experience influence


health and social care





own role in supporting users of services and others in


settings






health and social care settings









1.3
discuss how new developments and changes to





personal values can impact on work in health and social





care








LO2 Be able to produce, monitor,

2.1
assess current skills ability and learning style


revise and evaluate plans for

2.2
produce a holistic development plan with short-


personal progress in





medium- and long-term goals


developing the skills and









abilities required of a health

2.3
monitor progress against the plan according to the


and social care practitioner


requirements of a health and social care practitioner,





revising the plan as required




2.4
evaluate the effectiveness of the development plan to





own development as a health and social care





practitioner







LO3 Understand the application

3.1
explain the nature of different professional relationships


of principles of professional


in health and social care contexts


engagement with users of

3.2
evaluate personal effectiveness in promoting and


health and social care





supporting the rights of the individual


services











3.3
discuss ways to resolve issues encountered in





professional relationships







LO4 Be able to demonstrate

4.1
evaluate the effectiveness of personal contributions


development of own skills


when working with others in health and social care


and understanding in relation


practice


to working with others in

4.2
explain how the limits of own work role impacts on work


health and social care





with others


practice.











4.3
analyse own role in minimising barriers to effective





teamwork in health and social care practice




4.4
discuss how to improve personal contributions to the





collective effectiveness of a team.
















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Guidance



Links

This unit has links with, for example:

       Unit 23: Employability Skills

       Unit 28: Work-based Experience.

This unit should be completed prior to progressing onto these optional units.

This unit also has links with the National Occupational Standards in Health and Social Care. See Annexe B for mapping.

This unit also has links with the National Occupational Standards in Leadership and Management for Care Services. See Annexe C for mapping.

Essential requirements

A minimum of 200 hours of work experience must be completed to achieve this unit. Liaison with work-based mentors is recommended to ensure learner experience in practice settings is appropriate in addressing all the learning outcomes and assessment criteria.

Learners will need individual support through tutorials and meetings with work-place mentors to devise appropriate development plans.

Learners will need guidance about presenting evidence so that it effectively reflects their abilities as a developing care worker in the field of health or social care.

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