Qualification: Level 4 Certificate in Principles of Leadership and Management for Adult Care (RQF)
Unit: Unit 17: Manage Self for Leadership in Adult Care
Learning outcome: 5 Understand how to manage own learning and continuing professional development
Assessment criteria: 5.3 Explain ways to evaluate the effectiveness of own learning
- Self-reflection: Regularly reflecting on what has been learned, how it has been applied in practice, and what impact it has had. This might involve considering whether new knowledge has led to changes in behaviour, decision-making, or patient outcomes.
- Feedback: Seeking feedback from colleagues, managers, and the individuals supported, to understand if there have been noticeable improvements in service or practice.
- Performance Metrics: Monitoring performance metrics before and after the learning has been implemented to see if there have been measurable improvements.
- Goal achievement: Assessing whether the learning has contributed to the achievement of set goals or objectives. For instance, if one of the objectives was to reduce incidents of challenging behaviour in individuals being supported, has there been a decrease since implementing the new learning?
- Testing and Assessment: Participating in tests or assessments designed to measure learning, such as exams or practical evaluations.
- Progress against Personal Development Plan (PDP): Comparing current skills and knowledge against the goals set out in the PDP. This can help in identifying whether the learning has contributed to meeting the desired objectives.
- Changes in Confidence and Competence: Assessing whether there has been an increase in confidence and competence in the relevant areas since undertaking the learning.
- Applying Learning to New Situations: Considering whether the learning has provided the ability to apply knowledge and skills to new situations or challenges.
- Discussion with a Mentor or Coach: Talking through the learning experience with a mentor or coach, who can provide an outside perspective on improvements and changes.
- Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Reflection: Reflecting on the learning as part of a formal CPD process, such as the process required by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), or the British Psychological Society (BPS).
- By using a combination of these methods, a care supervisor can gain a comprehensive understanding of how effective their learning has been, and where further learning or development might be needed.