Explain the importance of continually improving knowledge and practice.
As a professional, I have a responsibility to engage in continuous professional development. This means taking action to keep my skills and knowledge up to date and seeking to improve my capabilities across the range of tasks I carry out daily. Continually improving my knowledge is essential to my role and ensures that I have the skills and knowledge needed to create the best for the organisation that I work for. I need to be aware of the most up to date legislations and guidelines, and the welfare requirements.
As a member of management it is even more vital that I am aware and up to date with the above, as part of my role is to guide, support and influence other staff to do well in their own roles. Your own professional development does not only impact on yourself but other staff, the organisation and people who use the service.
Reflective practice is a huge part of professional development and you need to be skilful in this to really benefit from it, criticising your own practice isn’t always easy but if you take a step back and look at it from different points of view it can really benefit yourself and your skills. To improve my own knowledge is very important to me and I really enjoy learning new skills which can benefit my roles or future roles. In doing this I feel I am progressing in my career, keeping myself desirable to other employers and maximising my potential to do well within my career. Therefore if I continue to develop professionally and improve my knowledge resulting in me improving my practice I will:
•Become a positive role model to other staff
•Be confident in my own abilities and future employment
•Lead and influence staff positively with the correct information and highest of standards.
•Recognise opportunity for further career to movement