Qualification: Level 4 Certificate in Principles of Leadership and Management for Adult Care (RQF)
Unit: Unit 18: Decision Making in Adult Care
Learning outcome: 3 Understand how to review decision-making
Assessment criteria: 3.1 Evaluate the decision-making process, including the use of own research and thought processes, and the contributions made by others
- Own Research and Thought Processes:
- Evaluate the quality of your research: Did you seek out diverse, reliable sources of information? Did you challenge your own assumptions and biases? High-quality, unbiased research is a crucial component of effective decision-making.
- Consider the clarity and logic of your thought process: Did you consider all relevant factors? Did you weigh different pieces of information appropriately? Did you think through potential consequences and contingencies?
- Reflect on the extent to which you incorporated evidence-based practice: Did your decision align with best practices in care for individuals with learning disabilities, dementia, or mental health conditions?
- Contributions Made by Others:
- Assess the involvement of the individual receiving care: Were they involved to the greatest extent possible? Were their preferences and perspectives taken into account?
- Evaluate the input from other stakeholders: Did you actively seek and consider input from family members, carers, colleagues, and other relevant stakeholders? Was their feedback taken into account in the decision-making process?
- Think about how effectively you managed differences of opinion or conflicts: Were any conflicts or disagreements managed in a respectful and constructive manner? Was there a process for resolving differences and reaching a consensus?
- Overall Decision-making Process:
- Reflect on the transparency of the process: Was the decision-making process transparent and clearly communicated to all stakeholders?
- Consider the timeliness of the decision: Was the decision made in a timely manner, balancing the need for thorough consideration with the need for prompt action?
- Review the outcome of the decision: Did the decision lead to positive outcomes for the individual receiving care? If not, what might need to be done differently in the future?
- Plan for continuous improvement: What did you learn from this decision-making process? What might you do differently next time? How can you continue to improve your decision-making skills in the future?
- By evaluating the decision-making process in this way, a care supervisor can continually improve their skills, ensure that decisions are made in the best interests of the individuals they support, and foster positive relationships with all stakeholders.