Continuing Professional Development
In this assignment I am going to write an essay which explains how continuing professional development of staff influences different practices in health and social care settings. I will also assess how continuing development of staff can enhance the care of patients, residents and service users. Finally, I will make an evaluation of my own effectiveness as a carer has developed as a result of workplace experiences.
Task 6 P5- Explain how continuing development of staff influences practice in settings.
CPD also known as Continuing Professional Development, refers to the process of tracking and documenting the skills, knowledge and experience that you gain. This can be both formally and informally as you work, beyond any initial training. It’s a record of what you experience, learn and then apply.
It is important that staff continue working on their progress and development of their individual practice, especially in health and social care settings. This process helps increase the staff member’s potential through different types of educational and training opportunities. There are many strategies and activities that can be carried out within the workplace to help improve staff development. These strategies are things such as reflective practice and training days. It is crucial that staff continue to develop their practice so that they are able to see how far they have come, what they have achieved and what they need to improve on. Reflective practice is put in place in order to improve the quality of the service. When reflecting, they are frequently going over the policies and procedures and any new standards that have been set. This means that are up to date with them which enables them to do their job to the quality that is expected. By regularly reflecting, they are able to see where there has been a lack of knowledge or skills and what they have to improve on. They can work on these as soon as possible to keep the quality of the service at a good standard.
Training days are put in places such as schools, hospitals and care homes to make sure that staff members are aware of the current practices and legislations. By going through staff training, staff members gain more knowledge and experience as their able to develop their skills as well as learning new ones. Due to this, they are also able to gain more self-confidence within their practice.