Unit 4: Personal and Professional Development


Unit 4: Personal and Professional Development in Health and Social Care*

Unit code:                K/601/1572

QCF level:               QCF Level 4/ NFQ Level 6

Credit value:           15


The aim of this unit is to encourage learners to develop as reflective practitioners by applying their understanding and skills to their own health and social care setting.

Unit abstract

This unit provides learners with an opportunity to develop as reflective practitioners. A minimum of 200 hours of work experience will be completed in order to achieve the unit. This practice will provide the basis of evidence for assessment of the unit.

Learners’ practice, observations and learning in the workplace will be supplemented with wider understanding and knowledge from all parts of the course.

Evidence of learning will be presented through a portfolio that reflects the learner’s ability as a reflective practitioner. Planning, monitoring and revision of personal development plans would be appropriate evidence for achieving personal targets and learning outcomes.

Evidence from workplace settings should be validated and authenticated by appropriately qualified  expert witnesses.

It is essential that learners and assessors respect the confidentiality of information from the workplace at all times.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit a learner will:

  1. Understand how personal values and principles influence individual contributions to work in health and social care  settings
  2. Be able to produce, monitor, revise and evaluate plans for personal progress in developing the skills and abilities required of a health and social care practitioner
  3. Understand the application of principles of professional engagement with users of health and social  care services
  4. Be able to demonstrate development of own skills and understanding in relation to working with others in health and social care practice.