The purpose of this unit is to assess the learner’s knowledge required to promote the professional duty to maintain the currency of knowledge and skills and the need to continually reflect on and improve practice.
There are four learning outcomes to this unit.
The learner will:
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
Learning Outcome 1 – Understand principles of professional development
1.1 Explain the importance of continually improving knowledge and practice
1.2 Analyse potential barriers to professional development
1.3 Compare the use of different sources and systems of support for professional development
1.4 Explain factors to consider when selecting opportunities and activities for keeping knowledge and practice up to date
Learning Outcome 2 –Be able to prioritise goals and targets for own professional development
2.1 Evaluate own knowledge and performance against standards and benchmarks
2.2 Prioritise development goals and targets to meet expected standards
Learning Outcome 4 –Be able to improve performance through reflective practice
4.1 Compare models of reflective practice
4.2 Explain the importance of reflective practice to improve performance
4.3 Evaluate how practice has been improved through:
Reflection on best practice
Reflection on failures and mistakes
I confirm that the knowledge evidence submitted, is all my own work
N.B The following Outcome(s) are competency based and therefore can be met by a combination of assessment methods. Where assessor observation would be difficult because of intrusion into area of privacy and /or because activities occur rarely, expert witness may provide testimony for the occupational specific unit.