Develop Professional Competence
Core Competence : Develop Professional Competence.

Manage and evaluate own capacity to develop professional competence.

Practice Requirement: Use supervision effectively, agree priorities and manage own work schedule.
Evidence Indicators:

Prepare for and use supervision effectively.

Agree priorities with supervisor.

Act in accordance with role and responsibilities.

Manage own work schedule to achieve agreed priorities.

Identify personal stress, its root and manifestation in work practice and agreed action and strategies to address it.

Practice Requirement: Exchange, process and report information.
Evidence Indicators:

Contribute to meetings, group discuusions and decision-making.

Record, evaluate and store information in accordance with agency policies and procedures.

Produce clear, precise and understandable correspondance and documentation for service users, carers and other professionals.

Provide reports for colleagues, other professionals and organisations.

Practice Requirement: Contribute to the resolution of professional dilemmas and conflicts, balancing rights, needs and perspectives.
Evidence Indicators:

Identify and analyse the nature and complexity of potential and actual dilemmas and conflicts.

Identify a range of possible options to resolve dilemmas and conflicts.

Decide an option for resolution of dilemmas and conflicts, make recommendation and/or take action.

Practice Requirement: Respond to unexpected oportunities and problems.
Evidence Indicators:

Work with peole to identify and evaluate the nature of unexpected opportunities and problems.

Make creative use of opportunities to achieve positive change.

Work with others to identify, evaluate and prioritise possible solutions in the context of planned goals.

Practice Requirement: Make decisions.
Evidence Indicators:

Recognise when a decision is required and the time-scales for decision-making.

Determine which decisions can be made within own remit and which require prior consultation with colleagues and other professionals.

Collect, clarify, verify and organise information pertinent to the decision.

Identify key factors relevant to the decision with service users, carers, colleagues and other professionals.

Identify and evaluate possible alternatives in the light of key factors including statutory requirements, organisational policies and procedures and current relevant research.

Evaluate and discuss risks associalted with each alternative and possible gains and disadvantages, with service users, carers, colleagues and other professionals.

Make and record decision within agency decision-making processes.

Practice Requirement: Contribute to the maintenance, critical evaluation and development of own professional proctice, knowledge and values.
Evidence Indicators:

Evaluate with others own practice, knowledge and values.

Review and appraise current research findings and integrate well-tested outcomes into practice.

Work with others to identify, critically analyse and take action to meet own learning and development needs.

© CCETSW 1995-2000

Extracted from: CCETSW 'Assuring Quality in the Diploma in Social Work - 1, Rules and Requiremments for the DipSW' (Revised 1995). Part 2 Requirements for Qualification.