Unit 11: Principle of Personal Development in Adult Social Care Settings
1. Understand how to reflect on practice in adult social care
2.1 Explain what reflective practice is
As part of our job role it is important to carry out reflective practice, especially because we work with elderly people and our effectiveness will have an impact on them. Reflective practice means thinking about and evaluating what you do and discussing any changes which could be made. This means focusing on how we interact with colleagues, service users and the environment. It means thinking about how we could have done something differently, what we did well and what we could have done better. It also means reflecting our own values and beliefs and experiences which shape our thoughts and ideas. This will allow individuals to obtain a clearer picture of their own behaviour and a better understanding of their strengths and weaknesses, so they can learn from their own mistakes and take appropriate future actions.
1.2 Explain the importance of reflective practice in continuously improving the quality of service provided
Reflective practice is about taking a look at yourself and evaluate the effectiveness of your work and taking in consideration the views of the individual you support. The reason this is important is so you can make changes to how you work that lead to continuous improvement in the way you provide services. Reflective practice can be an important tool in practice based professional learning settings where individuals learning from their own professional experiences, rather than from formal teaching or knowledge transfer, may be the most important source of personal professional development improvement. It is extremely important for individuals to reflect on the care that is given to always improve the quality of care given to service users. This makes sure that we stick to all the standards set, agreed ways of working, legislations and regulations....