A Framework for Continuing and Maintaining Professional Competence: A new approach from Northern Ireland

  • 06 Apr 2100
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Continuing competence is critical to workforce regulation, but most systems are based on inputs, not outcomes. This framework is different. As the regulator for social work, the Northern Ireland Social Care Council has developed a CPD Framework that recognizes professional learning and development, gives credit for outcomes and provides a range of professional awards at Masters level. Most importantly the Framework is delivered as a low cost partnership model with employers and educators. It is accessed via the online registration system. “Professional in Practice” is the latest development in a 25 year history of post qualifying social work education in NI, with lessons for other professions.


Learning Objectives:
  • Knowledge of the challenges and opportunities of maintaining and developing competence as a part of workforce regulation
  • Understanding of a model for providing recognition for reflective learning and development against professional standards
  • Understanding of the strengths of partnership and collaboration as a basis for workforce regulation
  • Exploration of a CPD Framework for Social Work

Presenters:

Marian O'Rourke, Head of Workforce Development, Northern Ireland Social Care Council
Patricia Higgins
, Director of Regulation and Standards, Northern Ireland Social Care Council
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