Unit 4: Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care

Unit 4:
Personal and Professional
Development in Health and Social
Care
Unit code:
K/601/1572
QCF level:
4
Credit value:
15
• Aim
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
On successful completion of this unit a
learner will:
1 Understand

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how personal values and principles influence individual contributions to work
in health and social care settings
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
3
Understand the application of principles of
professional engagement with users of health and social care services
4 Be
able to demonstrate development of own skills and understanding in relation to
working with others in health and social care practice.

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Unit content

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:

Theories and concept of human development and behavior
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

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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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Learning outcomes and assessment criteria

Learning outcomes
Assessment criteria
for pass
On successful
completion of
The learner can:
this unit a learner
will:
LO1 Understand how
personal
1.1

Unit 4 – Personal  and professional development in health and social care
compare personal values and
principles with the
values and principles
principles of support for working in
health and social
influence individual
care
contributions to work in
1.2
assess how personal culture and
experience influence
health and social care
own role in supporting users of
services and others in
settings
health and social care settings
1.3
discuss how new developments and
changes to
personal values can impact on work
in health and social
care
LO2
Be able to produce, monitor,
2.1
assess current skills ability and
learning style
revise and
evaluate plans for
2.2
produce a holistic development plan
with short-
personal progress in
medium- and long-term goals
developing the skills and
abilities required of a health
2.3

Understanding specific need in health and social care
monitor progress against the plan
according to the
and social care practitioner
requirements of a health and social
care practitioner,
revising the plan as required
2.4
evaluate the effectiveness of the
development plan to
own development as a health and
social care
practitioner
LO3 Understand the
application
3.1
explain the nature of different
professional relationships
of principles of professional
in health and social care contexts
engagement with users of
3.2
evaluate personal effectiveness in
promoting and
health and social care
supporting the rights of the
individual
services
3.3
discuss ways to resolve issues
encountered in
professional relationships
LO4 Be able to
demonstrate
4.1
evaluate the effectiveness of
personal contributions
development of own skills
when working with others in health
and social care
and understanding
in relation
practice
to working with others in
4.2
explain how the limits of own work
role impacts on work
health and social care
with others
practice.
4.3
analyse own role in minimising
barriers to effective
teamwork in health and social care
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4.4
discuss how to improve personal
contributions to the
collective effectiveness of a team.

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Guidance

Links
This unit has links
with, for example:
• Unit
23: Employability Skills
• Unit
28: Work-based Experience.
This unit should be
completed prior to progressing onto these optional units.
This
unit also has links with the National Occupational Standards in Health and
Social Care. See Annexe B for mapping.
This
unit also has links with the National Occupational Standards in Leadership and
Management for Care Services. See Annexe C for mapping.
Essential
requirements
A
minimum of 200 hours of work experience must be completed to achieve this unit.
Liaison with work-based mentors is recommended to ensure learner experience in
practice settings is appropriate in addressing all the learning outcomes and
assessment criteria.
Learners
will need individual support through tutorials and meetings with work-place
mentors to devise appropriate development plans.
Learners
will need guidance about presenting evidence so that it effectively reflects
their abilities as a developing care worker in the field of health or social

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