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Professional career frameworks for Adult Social Care

Career frameworks are aimed at qualified professionals to guide their understanding of what is expected of them in their role. Educational level and amount of work experience are ways that professionals are guided when using career frameworks.
How you use your professional framework will vary depending on the profession and the individuals' requirements. The professional body will provide some guidance of how to use the framework.

Social Work - The Professional Capabilities Framework

The professional capabilities framework (PCF) is a generic social work framework that applies to all Social Workers whether they work in Adults or Children's Services. In 2015, separate Knowledge and Skills Statements for Adult and Children and Families Social Workers were introduced to provide them with a more specific guidance about what is expected of them in their particular role.

There are other standards within Social Care roles that a Social Worker needs to adhere to for specific roles. The British Association of Social Work (BASW) have mapped these alongside the PCF. I.e. AMHP competencies and HCPC Competencies.

Occupational Therapy - The Career Development Framework

The Occupational Therapists Career Development Framework was developed by the Royal College of Occupational Therapy (RCoT) and is meant to be used by Occupational Therapists as a guide to what they might need to know at various stages in their career.

Use your professional framework to:

Identify your learning needs

  1. Have your professional framework to hand
  2. Identify the level of the framework that applies to you in your current role
  3. Think about what you want to measure. I.e. Knowledge? Skills? Confidence? Or all three!
  4. Go through the sections and rate yourself from 1-10 for each section
  5. Your supervisor could do the same thing and you could compare your answers.

It is likely that you will give yourself a higher score in some areas than in others giving you a very general indication of areas for development.

You could discuss these in supervision to help you drill down further to identify particular aspects of those areas. (See self-directed learning)

Understand your professional expectations

  1. Look at your professional framework. Identify the level of the framework that applies to you in your current role.
  2. What guidance does the framework give around what you are expected to know and understand? Is this what you expected? Do you think there are areas for improvement?
  3. Think about ways that you could evidence that you are meeting professional expectations.
  4. Record it in your PPP folder or your own CPD log.

Support your career development

  1. What role is it that you want to work towards? Use your professional framework to guide you. Be realistic.
  2. Have a look at the job description for that role
  3. Think about how that role differs from your current role Using your Professional framework, think about the skills, knowledge and confidence could you bring to that role?What skills knowledge and confidence might you need to work on?
  4. Do you need some support with interview practice?
  5. Go for it!

If you realise that you have a way to go before you feel you are ready for your next role, you can work towards it over time. You can use supervision to discuss your progress and to get support around gaining learning opportunities such as shadowing the person who is actually in the role you would like to move to or having a discussion with them to fully understand the role.

Think about areas of your profession that you think you are particularly good at. How can you evidence that you are good at it?
Have you ever asked a colleague/peer (at your level) to observe you undertaking an intervention to gain their feedback?
Perhaps colleagues could offer you some practice learning advice. Have you spent any time reflecting on how an intervention went and what you could do differently the next time?

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