Induction Standards for Northern Ireland

Standard 6: Develop as a worker: Support and supervision

In order to help you develop as a worker it is important that you receive support and supervision. Your supervisor should help you to reflect on your work and this is an essential feature of becoming a more skilled social care worker. Reflective practice is defined as ‘the capacity to reflect on action so as to engage in a process of continuous learning’. What this means is that you should think about your work, particularly when new situations arise, and see what you can learn. It is useful to discuss such situations with your supervisor or another experienced colleague. This will help you to give better support to the people you care for .

Look at the following resources:

Check your understanding

  • Imagine you don’t feel confident doing a task at work. What might make it difficult for you to ask for help? Why? What would make it easier for you to ask for help? Why?
  • Reflect on and evaluate your own performance. Identify the parts of your job that you enjoy and the parts you find difficult. How could you improve your ability as a care worker? What makes some tasks enjoyable and others less so?
  • Why is supervision important?

Did you know?

  • Reflective practice is common to many different work roles such as teaching and nursing. It plays an important part in learning.

Record what you have learned

  • Your organisation may have a Learning Record Form. If so, use that to write down what you have learned and any questions you might have. Otherwise you can use our Learning Record Form.

Managing stress

Working with vulnerable people is stressful, so it is important that you know how to manage that stress. Otherwise you may become ill yourself, either physically, mentally or both. Your employer has a duty in respect to your health. If you feel you are suffering stress, you must tell your supervisor. Stress from things happening outside work can also affect your work so you need to be aware of this and tell your employer if you are in a stressful situation.

Look at the following resources:

Check your understanding

  • Think about your last two weeks at work. Write down anything that has made you feel stressful. What have you done to resolve it? Discuss your answers with your supervisor.
  • The NHS has produced a Workplace stress self-assessment. Check yourself against it.

Did you know?

  • Along with moving- and handling-related issues, stress is one of the highest causes of sickness absence.

Record what you have learned

  • Your organisation may have a Learning Record Form. If so, use that to write down what you have learned and any questions you might have. Otherwise you can use our Learning Record Form.