Understand what is required for competence in own work role, reflecting on own work activities, agreeing a personal development plan and developing own knowledge, skills and understanding.
The duties and responsibilities of my own role include treating others with respect, the effective communication between both service users and my colleagues, and, the safety and comfort of service users.
I am also involved in practical tasks by working alongside clients, to help them achieve the outcomes in their own support plans. I provide clients with a 'helping hand' by assisting them with basic tasks to enable them to aquire, develop and maintain basic life skills. I also help other workers by observing and reporting any concerns to my line manager. I do not impose my own views upon clients as I hold a non-judgemental attitude in my approach to work and I am always aware of and actively listen to any concerns and/or issues that clients have.
Standards that influence the way my role is carried out include following organisational policies, for example, Code of Conduct, Professional Boundries, Confidentiality Policies, Regulations, Minimum Standards, National Occupational Standards and all legal requirements.
Sources of support that may be available to me in my work environment may include informal support from work colleagues, formal support from courses attended, and, supervisors and/or managers, supervision from managers, organisational policies, support from outside resources such as County Council documents, Diploma Assessors and internet.
In order to draw up a personal development plan I would amongst other activities, agree objectives for development, propose activities needed to meet the objectives, and agree timescales needed to review and meet the objectives proposed for the plan. Those involved in the plan should involve the individual, carers, advocates, supervisor/manager/employer, and, other professionals necessary.
Reflecting on your own work activities is an important way to develop knowledge, skills and practice as you need to be able to identify and understand any possible discrepancies between your own work practice, and, organisational and legal practice in order to update yourself on any information that you are not aware of so that you can complete your position to the best of your abilities, following all legal and professional boundries. I am continuously assessing how well my own knowledge, skills and understanding meet professional standards by reflecting on my own work activities using the above skills and sources of support. I have reflected on my work activities in the past by reporting to my supervisor any issues after I have taken time to assess situations of professional boundries and codes of conduct. I have contributed to, and will continue to do so, to a personal development plan on myself whilst aiming to complete my Diploma Level 2.
I am improving my skills and knowledge by reading information on, and, completing my Diploma. I have reflected on what I am going to write in this small essay and have therefore remembered what I have written so my knowledge, skills and understanding of the subject has improved. Feedback from others has developed my knowledge and skills as I am aware of actions I need to take in order to increase my knowledge of the subject. I will record my progress, in my development plan in this Diploma, as I am completing it.