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Personal development happens throughout your life. At work, it starts with agreeing your aims and objectives and thinking about your strengths and development needs. You then set goals so that you can meet your objectives and make the most of your talent.

A personal development plan (PDP) is an action plan that helps you get organised, identifies learning and development needs to help you do your job better or help in your career, and then tracks progress.

For those new to health and social care, the Care Certificate is the beginning of your learning and will usually form part of your induction. All good employers will want to develop their workers further over time. This development plan might be agreed during your induction period or during a review at a later point. The majority of PDPs cover a 12-month period. You will agree with your employer how long it will take you to complete the Care Certificate.

Your employer knows exactly what they expect from a worker and will help you set targets and find the learning you need. As you continue to work in health and social care it is important that you develop your skills and abilities. This may involve further training, specialist courses and qualifications.

The most important person involved in your PDP is you, however, your manager, other workers and the people you provide care and support for will all play a part. In order to agree your PDP you need to ask yourself questions such as: 

  • What do I want to achieve?
  • What are the standards, skills and knowledge needed by my current role and do I have any gaps?
  • What are the learning and development opportunities in my current role?
  • What are my ambitions and goals?
  • Am I making the right choices to get me there?

  • Standard 2 - Learning Objective 2.1a
  • Standard 2 - Learning Objective 2.1b
  • Standard 2 - Learning Objective 2.1c
  • Standard 2 - Learning Objective 2.1d
  • Standard 2 - Learning Objective 2.1e