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Understand principles of professional development

Unit 145 Promote Professional Development
Level: 4

Credit value: 4

UAN: L/602/2578

Unit aim

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.

Learning outcomes: Unit 145 Promote Professional Development

There are four learning outcomes to this unit. The learner will:

  1. Understand principles of professional development
  2. Be able to prioritise goals and targets for own professional development
  3. Be able to prepare a professional development plan
  4. Be able to improve performance through reflective practice
Guided learning hours

It is recommended that 33 hours should be allocated for this unit, although patterns of delivery are likely to vary.

Details of the relationship between the unit and relevant national standards

This unit is linked to HSC 43, LMCS A1, D3, CCLD 429, LDSS/GCU6.

Support of the unit by a sector or other appropriate body

This unit is endorsed by Skills for Care and Development.

Assessment: Unit 145 Promote Professional Development

This unit will be assessed by:

  • candidate portfolio of evidence.
Learning Outcomes 2, 3 and 4 must be assessed in a real work environment. Simulation is not allowed.

The unit must be assessed in accordance with Skills for Care and Development`s Assessment Principles. These have been included within the Centre requirements section of this handbook.

Assessment Criteria

The learner can:

1.1 Explain the importance of continually improving knowledge and practice

1.2 Analyse potential barriers to professional development

1.3 Compare the use of different sources and systems of support for professional development

1.4 Explain factors to consider when selecting opportunities and activities for keeping knowledge and practice up to date.

Additional Guidance

Sources and systems of support

  • Formal support
  • Informal support
  • Supervision
  • Appraisal
  • Mentoring
  • Within the organisation
  • Beyond the organisation

Outcome 2 Be able to prioritise goals and targets for own professional development

Assessment Criteria: Unit 145 Promote Professional Development

The learner can:

2.1 Evaluate own knowledge and performance against standards and benchmarks

2.2 Prioritise development goals and targets to meet expected standards.

Additional Guidance

Standards and benchmarks may include:

  • Codes of practice
  • Regulations
  • Minimum/essential standards
  • National occupational standard.
Assessment Criteria

The learner can:

3.1 Select learning opportunities to meet development objectives and reflect personal learning style

3.2 Produce a plan for own professional development, using an appropriate source of support

3.3 Establish a process to evaluate the effectiveness of the plan

Outcome 4 Be able to improve performance through reflective practice

Assessment Criteria

The learner can:

4.1 Compare models of reflective practice

4.2 Explain the importance of reflective practice to improve performance

4.3 Use reflective practice and feedback from others to improve performance

4.4 Evaluate how practice has been improved through:

  • reflection on best practice
  • reflection on failures and mistakes

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