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Your Personal Development
Transcript of Your Personal Development
(Staff Development and Growth)
Personal development happens throughout your life. At work, it starts with agreeing your aims and objectives and thinking about your strengths and development needs. You then set goals so that you can meet your objectives and make the most of your talent.
Supervision and PMDR
Agreeing your objectives
Your objectives spell out the things that you want to achieve. Psychologists have developed the smart goal system to help you write objectives.
SMART stands for specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-based. Once you have set clear objectives, it is time to break them down into manageable action points and record this information within the PMDR 'Staff Learning and Growth' section.
Developing your core knowledge and skills
Whatever your workplace, it is important that you have the right level of literacy, numeracy and communication skills.
You may need to read and contribute to care plans, record data clearly and legibly, fill out forms, write emails or take notes;
You need to be able to read and understand instructions about your ways of working;
You might be involved in supporting an individual to monitor their weight, for example, and keep a record of weight loss and then calculate overall progress;
You might need to know the difference between a variety of different measures, such as gram and milligram, and be able to calculate simple conversions.
Learning and development
Continuing your learning
Your Personal Development
Performance Management Development Review (Staff Learning and Growth)
When you are carrying out your work activities, you will be supervised by a more senior member of staff. Supervision is a term which is also used to refer to more formal sessions with your manager or supervisor which are an opportunity to discuss your performance and development. Supervision sessions are a regular opportunity to talk through any part of your work, your role or about the individuals you provide care and support for. Your supervision might take place one-to-ne with your manager or in a group or team meeting. Sessions take place at a time and frequency agreed with your manager and should be recorded.
You have now completed this short introduction to 'Your Personal Development'.
The criteria for this induction standard are to:
Identify sources of support for your own learning and development
Describe the process for agreeing 'development objectiveness and who should be involved
Explain why feedback from others is important in helping to develop and improve the way you work
Contribute to drawing up your own 'development objectives'
Agree 'development objectives'
Describe the functional level of literacy, numeracy and communication skills necessary to carry out your role
Explain how to check your current level of literacy, numeracy and communication skills
Describe how a learning activity has improved your own knowledge, skills and understanding
Describe how reflecting on a situation has improved your own knowledge, skills and understanding
Describe how feedback from others has developed your own knowledge, skills and understanding
Demonstrate how to measure your own knowledge, performance and understanding against relevant standards
List the learning opportunities available to you and how you can use them to improve the way you work
Demonstrate how to record progress in relation to your personal development
Explain why continuing professional development is important
The Rehab Group provides a range of internal training opportunities designed to help you with your learning and development. Finding information outside the Rehab Group can also help you gain knowledge and skills.
The 'Staff Development and Growth' section of the PMDR is an action plan that helps you get organised, identifies learning and development needs to help you do your job better or help in your career, and then tracks progress.
The most important person involved in this process is you; however, your manager, other workers and the people you provide care and support for will all play a part. In order to maximise this process you need to ask yourself questions such as:
What do I want to achieve?
What are the standards, skills and knowledge needed by my current role and do I have any gaps?
What are the learning and development opportunities in my current role?
What are my ambitions and goals?
Am I making the right choices to get me there?
Regular supervisions are important to any job so concerns can be addressed, progress checked and additional support arranged. Whether your work is in one location or within the community, your manager should ensure that you have regular supervision opportunities.
A Performance Management Development Review is a one-to-one meeting, usually once a year, between you and your manager which reviews how well you are working and making progress. Your manager will support you to plan your next steps and update the 'Staff Development and Growth' section of your PMDR document.
Good communication skills are one of the Rehab Group Induction Standards. When working in social care an exchange of information will develop man understanding of an individual's needs. If the information is inaccurate or misleading, mistakes can be made which can result in care that is not person centred.
The internet has a number of websites where you can check your level and then develop your literacy, numeracy and communication skills. Non-web-based materials and face-to-face learning opportunities can also be found. You might be expected to have skills at a specific level in your role and be provided with support to improve your skills. Ask your manager if there are any particular opportunities, resources or support available.
Everyone learns in different ways and there are lots of opportunities to mix and match different methods and opportunities to suit you and how you like to learn. Depending on your role, there are many formal and informal activities that you can carry out as part of a blended approach to learning. Resources for learning may be reading materials, TV or video clips, or research over the internet or even Applications (Apps.) on your phone. These will all develop your knowledge and understanding. Learning also takes place through social media forums such as twitter and other internet based discussion forums.
Structured learning will include work shadowing, where you work alongside a more experienced worker, or undertake e-learning. Formal learning, courses and qualifications, can improve your knowledge and skills and confirm your competence to do your job.
Active learning involves you in reading, writing, describing, discussing, listening and reflecting on presented information. It gives you the opportunity to explore new ares and gives you fresh ideas.
Reflection is a learning tool which uses past experiences to help you develop your skills and gain greater understanding of your abilities.
Content for this topic was adapted from the Skills for Care (UK) publication 'Your Personal Development' Care Certificate workbook (2015)