Unit 4 Personal and Professional Development in HSC

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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

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

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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