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Transcript of Vocational Practice
Unit 6 What is a reflective journal?
A reflective journal may include what you have done, what you have learnt and how you have found your day or week. Maybe you can include the thoughts of the experiences that you are having, the things that you have enjoyed, the things that you have done well and the things that you could have done better - which you can then reflect on. “X happened, I felt…, I did… Afterwards, I thought… and felt… If I were to face this again I would… I learned… …about myself” Assignment 1.
Please note: For this unit all your evidence, course work and assignment work will be hand written (no IT) and submitted manually to the appropriate tutor.
(Towards P1 and M1)
To complete task 1, you need to produce a timeline to help collect your thoughts about the factors that have influenced your learning from childhood, school, work and other life experiences. You need to put the significant events and experiences (e.g. starting school, moving home) on the top of the line and their effects below the line.
(Towards P1 and M1)
To complete task 2, you need to use the attached notes and your own research to produce a piece of writing that explains influences on the personal learning process of different individuals. Make reference to the learning theorists, Kolb (experiential learning cycle (1984) and Honey and Mumford’s learning style theory (1982).
Include an assessment of how different influences in your life have affected your own learning. Consider influences on the development of your knowledge and understanding, skills and abilities.
Present your assessment as a personal statement of 1000 words (+/- 10%).
For P1, you should consider a wide range of influences that may affect people’s learning and not just the factors that have influenced your own learning. Remember to explain the possible effects of the influences, applying the theories identified above.
Use the timeline (task 1) as a tool to help you construct your personal statement.
Evaluate how the personal learning and development of health and social care workers can benefit others.
Present your evaluation as a written piece of 750 words (+/- 10%).
Before you prepare your evaluation for D1, you need to carry out research about PPD (personal and professional development) and its benefits in health and social care. You should talk to friends and family or other individuals who work in the health and social care sector, about how their learning and career backgrounds have helped them in their work. You should consider how you have used your own learning throughout your life so far to help others.
(Towards P1, M1 and D1)
Present an up to date curriculum vitae in recognised professional format.
There are many suitable website where you can research a range of modern, professional formats to present your CV. Use your timeline (task 1) to help you focus on the personal detail which you may wish to include. Assignment 2.
To complete task 1, answer the following questions that assess your knowledge, skills, practice, values, beliefs and career aspirations at the start of the programme.
1.What were your school leaving academic achievements? (GCS or previous BTEC level)
2.How have / will these results helped you to complete and achieve your career goals in a health and social care setting (practical and to complete this course).
3.What health and social care related practice have you had? (this could be helping family members, siblings, grandparents or your own child).
4.What are your career aims? What personal qualities, skills, beliefs and values do you have which support these aspirations?
To complete task 2, you need to develop an action plan for your personal development, presenting it in a format that clearly identifies short- and long-term personal goals with regard to developing your knowledge, skills, practice and beliefs as appropriate for your career aspirations.
TIP: You can design your own format for this task as long as you set targets/goals based on SMART principles, identify your overall personal goals/targets and then break these down into more detailed and specific outcomes and include dates for the overall goals/targets and completion of each action, as well as dates for monitoring your plan. I have supplied an appropriate template to use if desired.
To complete task 3, you need to formally review your action plans. For each monitoring date, write a short personal statement summarising the challenges and circumstances that have affected your progress against your personal goals and targets. Include reasons for any changes you made to the goals themselves as you go through your vocation practice settings and hours.
TIP: You can design your own format for this task or add your information to the table used for task 2. Task 1
To complete task 1, choose one local health or social care provider that you have been to on work placement and fill in the table below as fully as possible.
Describe one local health or social care provider and identify its place in national provision
What type of care does this organisation provide?
How is this organisation funded/financed?
Who can access the services provided by this organisation?
Describe any potential barriers that service users may have to negotiate when trying to access the services provided by this organisation.
Describe 3 of this organisation’s policies.
What are the main aims of this placement?
What role does this organisation play in the provision of health and social care?
To complete task 2, choose THREE separate career pathways from within health and social care employment and describe the roles and responsibilities that each would entail.
TIP: Try to choose one health or social care worker from each of your placements. Describe their main roles and responsibilities, but remember to maintain confidentiality.
Identify the following facts:
•What are their qualifications?
•How did they gain these qualifications and how long was their training?
•Are they a member of any professional body (union or agency)?
•How long have they been in their present job?
•What training are they expected to attend and how often?
•Are they planning to undertake any future training-if so what?
•What are their opportunities for promotion and/or career progression?
•Are they part of a multi-disciplinary team? Identify the job titles of the other members of the multi-disciplinary team.
Describe the main codes of conduct that this health or social care worker should follow when fulfilling their work role.
You may need to ask the member of staff and/or the organisation’s manager for help in finding this information or access information from the organisation’s website.
Write a brief account that explains whether (or not) you would like to gain future employment in the care professions you have described, give your reasons. Assignment 4.
To complete task 1, Use your reflections from each placement to write a report at the end of your 100 hours of experience. Include summative information on your overall learning on the programme. Use the formative feedback received from your tutor and placement managers to help you.
To complete task 2, write an informal report that assesses how well your action plans, reflections and monitoring have supported your development over the duration of the programme.
TIP: Review the original personal development work you drew up for assignment 1 and all the records you produced as part of your monitoring process. Consider all aspects of the plan, e.g. your overall goals, the actions themselves, sequencing, timescales and reflections to assess how useful they have been in supporting your development from the start to the end of the programme.
To complete task 3, produce an evaluation of your personal and professional development over the whole programme.
TIP: An evaluation requires you to make judgements about how well or otherwise you have developed. Support your evaluation by using examples from your experiences during your 100 hours of placement and your diary entries.
To complete task 4, examine your placement diaries and reflections and select three examples where you can directly link theory from your studies in the classroom whilst completing all other first year units to practice that you have experienced in the workplace. Write an explanation for each on how the learnt theory has enabled you to complete practical tasks in the work place.
Tip: An example could be where you have studied legislation such as The Data Protection Act and where you have upheld this legislation in practice whilst writing up (or observing the task of) service user daily logs or accessing the stored personal information of service users. Reflective writing has 2 key features;
It brings together theory and practice.
It identifies what you have learnt from the experience.
You can reflect by;
Can you adapt ot modify a theory to help your situation?
Have your values changed or would you do it differently? How to analyse theorists and models;
Are your observations consistent with the theory?
Also consider how your experience in practice helps you to understand the theories.
Is it what the theories have predicted? Or is it different?
If so, can you identify why it's different? Reflections are in the first and third person.
Your own thoughts are the first person ("I felt…") and the theorists in the third person ("Smith (2009) proposes that …"). •What? (description) What happened?
Who was involved?
•So what? (interpretation) What is most important/interesting/relevant/ useful aspect of the event/idea/situation?
How can it be explained?
How is it similar to/different from others?
•What next? (outcome) What have I learned?
How can it be applied in the future?
Don't just describe – explore and explain what happened.
•Be honest – it's ok to admit to making mistakes as well as success. But you should also show how you understand why things happen and what you are going to do to improve.
•Be selective – you don’t have to write about everything that happened, just key events or ideas.
•Look to the future – reflect on what happened in the past and how it will have an impact on future ideas or activities.