Unit name: Personal development in care settings
Learning outcome: 4. Be able to develop own knowledge, skills and understanding
Assessment criteria: 4.3 Explain the importance of continuing professional development
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) can be described as constant, lifelong learning and improvement.
It is vital within health and social care because it keeps you up-to-date with current legislation, regulation, policies and best practice. If you do not keep your knowledge, skills and understanding fresh you could be using old practices that are no longer considered beneficial.
In addition, CPD gives you the opportunity to learn new skills, which can improve the overall care that you provide to the individuals that you support.
Finally, lifelong learning can provide you with motivation within your role as well as job satisfaction.