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Support for NQSWs & cont professional development

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Presentation from Scottish Social Services Council on support for newly-qualified social workers and pilot schemes for supported and assessed first year in practice, in context of wider continuing professional development and planning. Given at Shaping our Future Conference, 31 May 2019 at the University of Strathclyde.

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Support for NQSWs & cont professional development

  1. 1. NQSWs Experiences: research findings and future modelsTrish McCulloch and Pat MacCowan Shaping Our Future: continuing to nurture the enquiring mind Pat MacCowan & Edel Walsh NQSW Conference 31 May 2019
  2. 2. QUALIFYING EDUCATION NEWLY- QUALIFIED CONTINUOUS DEVELOPMENT Review of Social Work Education A PARTNERSHIP APPROACH A SUPPORTED, ASSESSED YEAR FOR NQSW National Health and Social Care Workforce Plan (Part 2) IMPROVED CAREER PATHWAYS A FRAMEWORK IN PRACTICE FOR SOCIAL WORKERS REVISED FRAMEWORK AND STANDARDS CONTINUOUS PROFESSIONAL LEARNING ADMISSION AND SELECTION
  3. 3. Examples of changes in the revised SiSWE New Standards 2.1. Identify and develop opportunities for prevention and early intervention 3.3 Support the wellbeing, safety and protection of vulnerable children and adults – New ethical principles……
  4. 4. Other changes… • No key roles and learning foci- just numbered standards (eg 1.1, 1.2) • Updated knowledge base eg impact of trauma, domestic abuse • Increased focus on:  co-production and partnership working  Use of self and emotional intelligence  strengthening communities  self and emotional literacy  the context in which people live and social justice  ethical practice (now in each standard)  diversity and working with difference  both adult and child wellbeing and protection • Some language simplified
  5. 5. NQSW supported and assessed first year in practice • To develop a sustainable programme to meet the developmental and learning needs of NQSWs • Design will be developed in partnership and based on evidence-from pilots and research findings • Support the professional identity and confidence of social workers • Bring greater parity with other professional disciplines
  6. 6. NQSW 2021- evidence informing development of the NQSW supported and assessed year • A more protected and balanced approach- critically reflective dialogue in addition to caseload narrative • Supervision to be a safe and structured space where NQSWs feel listened to and can share the emotional impact of practice • Need for mentoring • Value of informal support
  7. 7. Evidence continued • More formal learning and protected time for self- directed learning • Support for a richer learning culture • Need greater consistency in content, depth and structure • Balance of structured learning with specifically focused learning related to individual need • Need for easier access to knowledge sources and research
  8. 8. Benchmark Standards for NQSWs Situated within a framework of ethical principles 6 Standards that reflect: – The processes of social work practice – The wellbeing, support and protection of vulnerable children and adults – Managing complexity and professional decision making – Research mindedness, continuous learning and enquiry – Wellbeing of self and others Each Standard is supported by a set of ‘indicators’
  9. 9. Assessment strategy • Formative assessment and interim review • Summative assessment to evidence development and meeting of the NQSW Standards • Different approaches and tasks within pilot sites • Assessment within settings and verification by SSSC
  10. 10. Pilot sites commit to the following supports for NQSWs • Regular supervision with identified line manager • Protected time and caseload • Opportunities for formal and informal learning
  11. 11. Approach and timeline April – Sept 2018 • Invitation to apply to pilot • Pilot sites confirmed • Commission evaluation Oct - Dec • Pilots commence • Evaluation commences May – June 2019 • Mid-point assessment and feedback • Mid-point evaluation Oct - Nov • Final assessment and feedback Dec – March • Evaluation report to inform recommendations
  12. 12. Pilot Sites Local Authorities Numbers Aberdeenshire 19 Angus 13 Learning Network West Dumfries & Galloway East Ayrshire Glasgow North Lanarkshire 39 71
  13. 13. Learning Network West NQSW Pilot Approach and Roles • Partnership and collaboration • Opportunities to share experiences and learning • Individual Learning Plans • Fortnightly Supervision • Reflective Accounts • Peer Support • Continuous reflection and assessment
  14. 14. Involvement of HEI’s • Consulted with and represented on the pilot working group • Interim findings from GCU and Dundee longitudinal study informed the pilots development • Developed and facilitated a range of workshops with participants: I. Open University - Reflective Practice and Research Mindedness II. University of the West of Scotland - Ethical Decision Making III. University of Strathclyde – Formative and Summative Assessment IV. Glasgow Caledonian University - Professional Identity and Self Care
  15. 15. Assessment strategy • Formative assessment:  Assessed by supervisor  Fortnightly reflective accounts  2000 word interim reflective commentary • Summative assessment (critical practice analysis) to evidence development and meeting of the NQSW Standards
  16. 16. Key Components of the Aberdeenshire Pilot  Well established Support Programme for Newly Qualified Social Workers; twelve full days across the year.  Funding for dedicated pilot post promoting NQSW & line manager engagement  Peer Supervision Groups; focusing on practitioner research & leadership  Priority focus on professional development & reflective practice in NQSW supervision  Written Formative & Summative Assessment Tasks: Panel approach to feedback
  17. 17. Example of activities in the Aberdeenshire Pilot Peer Supervision: – Research presentation – Professional identity – Developing resilience through the workplace through peer supervision Facilitated Sessions: – Multi-agency working in community care – Working with substance misuse – A child’s journey through placement Support to managers - Supervision workshops - Assessment and standardisation
  18. 18. Core Strengths of the Aberdeenshire Pilot  Endorsement from Senior Management  Active Engagement, Support & Enthusiasm of the NQSW’s Line Managers  Flexibility & Support of our Programme Facilitators & Presenters  Significant Commitment from NQSWs to Pilot Aims & Objectives  Active & Positive Participation of NQSWs in Groups Forums, the New Supervision Model, Written Tasks and Formative Assessments
  19. 19. The Angus Model Practice Based Approach • Monthly Supervision • Monthly Mentoring Sessions • Monthly group protected time • Using specially created Open Badges – Capturing naturally occurring evidence – Providing a pathway of experience across a range of social work roles and responsibilities
  20. 20. The Angus Model Mid-Point Assessment • Multi-source Feedback • Open badge evidence • Discussion with Assessor/Team Manager • Development Plan Summative Assessment • Case-based discussion • Open badge evidence • Structured Discussion with Assessor/Team Manager
  21. 21. Connections PQ Framework PRTL NQSW Pilot
  22. 22. Review of PRTL • Consultation on a new model of capturing continuous professional learning from 27 May to 21 July 2019 • Requirements for social workers & NQSW will remain the same • Proposed changes relates to how to record learning, and discussion with supervisor • Proposed that all registrants submit a signed verification form rather than PRTL sampling at end of registration period
  23. 23. Post Qualifying Framework for Social Work Practice • Developing a framework to capture formal and informal learning from newly qualified to advanced practice • Underpinned by existing frameworks • Recognise skills and professionalism • Articulate contribution of social work in different settings
  24. 24. Post Qualifying Framework for Social Work Practice • Reference group collaborating on the framework • Representation from SWS, HEI’s, SASW, Local Authority, Third Sector, SSSC and OCSWA • Using information gathered through targeted engagement and feedback • Consultation on model early next year
  25. 25. Useful reading 2017 Newly qualified social workers in Scotland - A five-year longitudinal study https://www.sssc.uk.com/knowledgebase/article/KA-02259/en-us 2018 Newly qualified social workers in Scotland: A five-year longitudinal study https://www.sssc.uk.com/knowledgebase/article/KA-02658/en-us 2019 Post Qualifying Learning in Social Work in Scotland - A Research Study https://www.sssc.uk.com/knowledgebase/article/KA-02685/en-us

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