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CACHE Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (England)

Unit SHC 52: Promote professional development

Candidate’s Name: Danielle Betts

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The purpose of this unit is to assess the learner’s knowledge, understanding and skills required to promote the professional duty to maintain the currency of knowledge and skills and the need to continually reflect on and improve practice.

The learning outcomes below are to be covered to enable you to achieve the unit.

1. Understand principles of professional development.
2. Be able to prioritise goals and targets for own professional development.
3. Be able to prepare a professional development plan.
4. Be able to improve performance through reflective practice.


Complete each learning outcome with a minimum of 250 words for each assessment criteria.

Refer to the relevant workshop material in particular the Additional Reading Material.
This assignment needs to be typed and when completed sent to: LEARNING OUTCOME 1 – UNDERSTAND PRINCIPLES OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT.

1.1 Explain the importance of continually improving knowledge and practice.

Continually improving knowledge and practice will benefit many people in the workplace including both the employee and management. It will also have a positive effect on the organisation itself.

Improving knowledge will make a job more satisfying and interesting for the employee, it will give them a sense of pride and raise their self-esteem if they are trained well and given the chance to develop in the workplace. If employees have good training they become more valued within the workplace which gives them a greater chance of progressing and being promoted.

Managers will also benefit from having a well trained staff team. A well trained team should get their work done safely and efficiently and will become more flexible, making it easier for someone to step in if a work college is absent. Good training will improve the team moral and make it easier for managers to delegate jobs knowing their staff are well trained and knowledgeable. Better training will enable staff to deal with situations better on their own instead of having to call a manager every time something unexpected happens, this will give managers more time to focus on their daily jobs instead of other peoples.

Good training will also have a positive effect on the organisation itself as it will reduce the number of problems and complaints creating better relationships with customers. It will create a better and stronger workforce that is able to cope with more challenges and enable them to get jobs done safely and efficiently. Good training will also improve the moral and motivation of employees which will improve the organisation and reduce the staff turnover within the company.

1.2 Analyse potential barriers to professional development

There are many potential barriers to professional development including learning defences and learning obstacles. Stereotyping is a common defence against learning, for a number of reasons people may be reluctant to learn from someone due to their age, gender, race, religion, lifestyle and credentials. Personality differences are also frequent targets of learning defences. People may tune out because the person teaching them is too timid, too arrogant or too aggressive. Learning barriers can also be found if the content and the message goes against someone’s beliefs.

Learning obstacles are things that directly get in the way of somebody meeting their learning goals. This may include someone creating excuses and reasons to not achieve a learning goal because they think it is too difficult. If somebody is stressed they are less likely to reach a learning goal as well as somebody