Meetingindividual needs of service users is key in making a good service. There aredifferent ways a practitioner could meet the individual’s needs. Firstly theyhave to make sure they are confident and informed about the individuals healthneeds they can do this by talking to the individual and their family but alsotalking to other services, for example a care home practitioner should havecontact with the individuals doctor to know about the conditions the individualmight have and if they should be taking medication, or be on a specific diet,as one of the care needs should bemaking sure the individual takes their medication at a specific time, in thiscase the practitioners that work with the individual should be aware that theyneed to take their medication and make sure they have it at the right time .When the practitioner has assessed the needs of an individual they need to makesure their practice is professional, by keeping their duty of care andperforming all task in a way that is set out by their policies and proceduresof their service. “Patients value healthcare professionals acknowledging theirindividuality and the unique way in which each person experiences a conditionand its impact on their life” (nationalinstitute for health and care excellence, 2012) this shows that one of the ways apractitioner can meet the individuals care needs is by working in personcentred way for the service user making sure their care is based around themnot anyone else as they will have different needs compared to a differentindividual even if they have the same condition this is why the practitionershould take time to get to know the individual to know their preferences, beliefs, and things that are mostimportant to them this will help them build trust and meet their care needs.
Oneof the ways of meeting the individual’s needs is for the practitioner to takeinto account other services and organisations that can help to meet the needsof the service user. Another way of meeting an individual’s needs is to empowerthem for example making sure they are able to move around safely and has accessto all parts of the service another way to empower an individual and meet theirneeds is by giving them choice in simple things like food, clothing, where theygo and what they do this will make sure the individual feels respected andtheir dignity is up kept. The practitioner should not assume an individualneeds support with something, all care plans should be agreed with theindividual and must be in the best favour for the individual.Inhealth and social care settings it is important that the practitioner supportsthe wellbeing of the individual.
There are a lot of different factors that gounder the term wellbeing, when looking at an individual’s wellbeing thepractitioner needs to look at their dignity and treating them with respect,their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, making sure they are protectedfrom abuse and neglect, keeping the individual in control of their care, makingsure they are included and have access to work or school, their economic andsocial wellbeing, domestic and familyrelationships, make sure their personal needs are met , the safety and fittingof their living accommodation, and the involvement in society. Those factorsneed to be taken into account by the practitioner for their practice to beprofessional as the supporting of wellbeing is stated in the care act 2014 andthe practitioner should follow all the related legislations and policy’s whilstsupporting the individual’s wellbeing. “Good mental health matters because it’sfundamental to our sense of wellbeing. Without it, it’s harder to stay healthy,and to live as long and as well as we can.” (Fenton, 2013) this means that an individual’s mentalwellbeing is important because if an individual’s mental wellbeing is negativethey will not have the right attitude towards their care, for example if they need to have physical therapy but arenot in the right state of mind it will be harder for them to get better. For anindividual to get better they will need support with mental wellbeing as muchas other care.
Mental illness can affect an individual’s life drastically even cuttingtheir life shorter. It is important to support all the factors of wellbeing ofan individual to make sure they get the best outcome from their care. If apractitioner focuses on one thing and not the rest the individual will find itharder to get better for example if a practitioner is taking care of anindividual’s emotional wellbeing but neglecting their duty to protect them fromabuse the individual is put in dangerand their emotional wellbeing will not get better. a practitioners role is toup keep the wellbeing of an individual its important as it’s their goal of mostcare and support plans if all factors of wellbeing are up kept the individualwith have a positive mind set and a healthy body they will be, and will feelsafe and have the attitude to cope with everything, they will also be involvedin their community and have good relationship with family or/and friends. If anindividuals’ wellbeing is improved they will be able to do better at work orschool and lead a healthier lifestyle making them more successful and happy,fulfilling their capacity.Wellbeinghas a lot of factors to it, but its main concept is being happy, healthy,feeling in control and having a sense of purpose which is what most individualsaspire to. When a practitioner tries to assess the wellbeing of an individualthey need to look past the main focus of support and look at all the possiblefactors that could be affecting the individual for example if an individual isdealing with mental health issues all other factors should be taken intoaccount for instance housing situation, income, social status, and theirpersonal resources which could be their confidence, self-esteem and strength ofcoping.
Toassess an individual wellbeing a practitioner should follow procedures set outby their service, when assessing, all factor of wellbeing should be looked at. Theassessing could be done through a survey or questionnaire in which the individualcould rate all of the factors of wellbeing, from one being bad and 5 being goodto see the different things that could be having a negative impact on theiroverall wellbeing for instance their happiness, their work or school life, howsafe they feel, their living and income situation, their involvement in theirsociety, how in control they feel, their outlook on life and their sense ofpurpose. If the individual assessed doesn’t feel happy the other factors couldbe looked at to see what the cause could be they might not be happy becausethey’re not doing well in school, which could be because they are stressed andaren’t coping with the amount of work in which case the practitioner couldsupport the individual in organising, and help them recognise different compingstrategies which would impact the whole wellbeing improving all of theirfactors. This is a good way of assessing as the individual could take as longas needed and not feel as much pressure as talking about their wellbeing thisassessment can be re done to see the development the individual is taking. Thiswill help the practitioner develop their practice by adapting the assessmentmethods to the individual.”It’simportant that people’s view of their own wellbeing is balanced with indicatorsrelating to quality of life such as health, physical activity and socialinteraction.” (Mental Health Foundation, 2015) this means that a practitioner usesface to face assessment methods to talk to the individual about how they arefeeling about the different factors of wellbeing, because an individual couldthink that their wellbeing is good when it’s not for example an individualcould be underweight but not realising it which could lead to bigger impact totheir wellbeing like their health and emotional wellbeing. The practitioner hasthe role to inform the individual of their wellbeing rank and make sure theyagree and understand the different factor.
When assessing the individual, the practitionershould make sure the individual feels safe so they can be open and theassessment is accurate the practitioner can do this by working in a person centredway getting to know the individual andrespecting them giving them control which will help to make them feel safe and comfortable andmaking the assessment more reliable if the individual doesn’t feel safe theirnot as likely to say how they are really feeling leaving out the possibly mostimportant factor that could be having a negative impact on their overallwellbeing. Talking to the individual is a good assessment method as thepractitioner will be able to see the individual’s expressions and body languagewhen talking about different factors. This will also help the practitionerdevelop their communication methods improving their professional practice. Reflectivepractice is important in every practitioners practice, it is a way ofreflecting on your experiences to improve on the way you work and supportindividuals.it helps the practitioner develop and learn while they are working.
Helping them maintain professional standards for instance up keeping the healthand dignity of service users whilst being professional and supportive. “The actof reflection is a great way to increase confidence and become a more proactiveand qualified professional.” (Bright knowledge, 2018) meaning that apractitioner learning from their mistakes or finding a better way of work andconstantly trying to improve their practice will help them become a positiveand confident practitioner allowing them to meet their professional standardsand make their service better. There are a number of different cycles thepractitioner can use to reflect on their work one of them being, Gibb’sreflective cycle which is made up of six steps first there is the descriptionin which the practitioner can identify what the situation was and what happenedin it, then there is the feelings which allows the practitioner to think aboutwhy they acted in the way they did, evaluation is next in which thepractitioner can look at the positives and negatives of the situation andidentify if they have not followed the professional standards the practitionerthen analysis the whole situation and tries to make sense of everything to comeup with a conclusion if they acted correctly in the situation and how they canimprove, and lastly they can come up with an action plan of what they can do toimprove their practice and change the way they work in to meet the standards,and support the health and wellbeing of individuals. Professionalstandards aim to promote the health, wellbeing, safety and happiness of serviceusers, and all practitioners must work towards that following all the standardsand regulations, Reflective practice helps the practitioner to follow these asit develops their personal and interpersonal skills and understanding, it helpthem improve the day to day care and support they are providing making it moreperson centred .reflective practice is the key to making sure a practitionermeets the professional standards, it supports the practitioner in gettingbetter every day giving them more skills and allowing them to be able to dealwith different situations easily on a daily basis. All practitioners should beaiming to get better.
A good practice is the one that knows it’s not perfectand is always trying to get better not only by asking service users forreviews, but by being able to identify its own weaknesses and always working onimproving them. practitioners should use reflective practice to rewardthemselves as overtime they can measure their process and improvement in theirpractice, reflecting will allow the practitioner to make a difference in theservice, by just taking a step back and looking and the duties, responsibilities,and professional standards of health and social care and seeing how they aremanaging their knowledge and experience and putting it into their practice tobe able to further develop and gain more knowledge to be able to use iteffectively in their practice.Professionaldevelopment is important in health and social care, it includes a number of thingsfor instance activities, training, and research. “Continuing ProfessionalDevelopment exists to ensure that an individual enhances their skills andabilities once they have formally qualified.” (CPD News Team, 2016) Thistells us that professional development allows the practitioner to develop newskills and continue their professional practice by making sure their practiceis safe for them and the service users, it makes sure the care and support theyare providing is effective and legal by keeping up to date with the changes tolegislations, policies, and procedures, and by making sure they are working ina person centred way keeping up the dignity of their service users. Practitionersare required to continue professional development by the HCPC and keep a recordof it to keep and improve the quality of their practice. It is important thatall practitioners continue their professional development throughout their careerto provide the best care for service users and be able to meet their needs, professionaldevelopment makes sure that the practitioner is giving full quality care andsupport to the service users at all times empowering and individualized carewhich protects the service users identity and dignity.
It lets the practitionerwork on their skills and make a positive difference in their service.Professionaldevelopment supports the practitioner in meeting the needs of the serviceusers, it introduces new knowledge and experience and gives the practitionermore skills and ways of practice helping them develop. It gives the practitionermore ways on how to promote the safety and individuality of each service usermaking the care based around them, it teaches the practitioner to promoteequality, and diversity in their health and social care service allowing themto meet the needs of service users for example making it possible for an individualin a care home to practice their religion. Professional development makes itpossible to meet the individual’s needs as it keeps the practitioner up to datewith all standards helping them to empower the service users by giving themchoice while still following all the legislation and policy’s and keeping theirsafety in mind at all times. Professionalpractice also allows the practitioner to work in a professional way meeting theservice users’ needs by introducing new and better ways of promoting the individualshealth, safety, wellbeing and happiness and making sure their rights areupheld. Continuing professional development makes practitioners more qualifiedand open minded as there is always more to learn and better ways to meet individualneeds of service users. It will keep the service quality up and give the serviceusers better and more individual care and support.