Code of Professional Practice for social care workers in Wales
The Code of Professional Practice tells all social care professionals what they must do and how to behave so that they all work to the same high standards.
If you are a social care worker or employer, the Code empowers you to put the well-being of individuals at the centre of decisions about their care and support and gives practical guidance on how to meet the objectives of the Welsh Government’s Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act. It is relevant to the whole social care workforce, whether registered with the Care Council, or not.
If you’re receiving care or support from a social care worker, the Code will also help you understand how they should behave towards you - and how their employers should help them provide the best of care.
There are also further resources on the Care Council Learning Zone, including Caring with Pride training materials and an on-line test with certificate for successful completion. Other resources including videos, apps and posters can also be accessed through the Code of Professional Practice Resources page.
Occupational therapy services empowers people to reach their full potential, achieve their goals, and enjoy life to the full. “Occupation” refers to practical and purposeful activities that allow us to live independently and give us a sense of identity. This could be anything from essential day-to-day tasks, such as dressing or cooking, to the things that make us who we are — our job, interests, hobbies and relationships.
Occupational therapy provides practical support to enable people to overcome any barriers that prevent them from doing the activities that matter to them, and helps to increase people’s independence and satisfaction in all aspects of life.
All Occupational Therapists need to engage in continued professional development (CPD), in order to remain registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and to enable the profession to develop.
The British Association of Occupational Therapists provides a range of tools accessible on-line to its members, including formal learning opportunities, career planning and CPD tools. You can also contact the Unit to discuss relevant courses, resources and development opportunities.
To become an occupational therapist you will need to study an approved pre-registration programme. There are a variety of accredited occupational therapy programmes available in the UK at various universities across the country, including Glyn Dwr University, Wrexham. See more at: www.cot.co.uk
Continuing Professional Education and Learning (CPEL)
The Care Council has introduced the Continuing Professional Education and Learning (CPEL) Framework for Social Workers in Wales. The CPEL Framework sets out the continuing education and learning of social workers after initial qualification in order to progress on the National Career Pathway.
CPEL starts with the first stage, Consolidation for Newly-Qualified Social Workers. The Consolidation stage enables the transition in embedding core professional knowledge and skills in practice and taking on increasing levels of complex work in a specialist area. The focus is to support practitioners in building the learning undertaken during the social work degree and provide opportunities to practice key skills.
The Isle of Anglesey County Council has signed a partnership agreement with 19 other local authorities to deliver the Consolidation stage. This is an excellent example of partnership working. The Unit has been able to invest and engage fully and wholeheartedly in the CPEL agenda from the very early stages and playing a key role in developing and forming the Porth Agored Consortium and the Consolidation stage. CPEL is viewed as an integral part of a recruitment and retention package.
The further states in the pathway will be implemented during 2014 and 2015. The stages will be delivered using a mix of distance and face to face learning and embracing new media, thereby ensuring accessibility across Wales. All the stages will also be rigorously evaluated to ensure they remain fit for purpose, making a positive difference and delivering the expected outcomes.
Close partnership working with Bangor University has seen the closure of the BA course and introduction of the M.A. The Placement Co-ordinator works very closely with Conwy and Gwynedd in confirming placement for hosted students as well as the whole wider student group.
In January 2012 a social work trainee was appointed who is currently undertaking her B.A. in social work degree through Open University Wales. The scheme allows the student to experience most social work teams within the Authority as she rotates teams approximately every four months. This ensures that the experience gained during the course of study is vast and varied.
Practice Learning Opportunities Fund- PLOF
The Placement Coordinator works very closely with Bangor University to offer and then assess hosted students, four each in the two years of the course. This is complemented with a substantial ‘bank’ of qualified Practice Teachers and excellent working relationships with Gwynedd and Conwy to ensure the most appropriate placements are offered.
In addition, the Isle of Anglesey County Council is committed to offering social work students the best opportunities to develop and learn. The practice learning consolidation project provides opportunities for social work students studying at the end of year 1 and 2 to apply to work for the Authority within social work teams for three months over the summer, during the summer break.
This programme is run locally in North West Wales during the year, with the University of South Wales acting as providers. A regular cohort of candidates undertake the full Taught Programme, submitting their portfolios for assessment leading to the award
Management Development and Qualifications.
Access to a HE accredited training and qualification progression in management studies continues to be offered via the corporate HR training unit. The modules at Certificate, Diploma and Masters level are offered when there are sufficient Authority-wide registrations