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When you are carrying out your work activities, you will be supervised by a more senior member of staff. Supervision is a term which is also used to refer to more formal sessions with your manager or supervisor which are an opportunity to discuss your performance and development. Supervision sessions are a regular opportunity to talk through any part of your work, your role or about the individuals you provide care and support for. Your supervision might take place one-to-one with your manager or in a group or team meeting. Sessions take place at a time and frequency agreed with your manager and should be recorded.

Regular supervisions are important to any job so concerns can be addressed, progress checked and additional support arranged. Whether your work is in one location or within the community, your employer should ensure that you have regular supervision opportunities.

An appraisal is a one-to-one meeting, usually once a year, between you and your manager which reviews how well you are working and making progress. Your manager will support you to plan your next steps and update your personal development plan.

Your objectives spell out the things that you want to achieve. Psychologists have developed the SMART goal system to help you write objectives. Once you have set clear objectives, it is time to break them down into manageable action points and record this information in your PDP. 

There are three steps to agreeing your objectives.

Step 1. Agree objectives This is where you are able to write and review care plans with the individuals who receive care and support in your workplace.

Step 2. Plan activities to meet the objectives. This can include four activities:
1 Reading instructions and looking at the layout for care planning in your workplace;
2 Discussing care planning and asking questions of an identified more experienced worker;
3 Examining and discussing three examples of care plans with the individuals concerned and discussing any changes they might like to make;
4 reporting back to your manager and discussing any questions or learning points.

Step 3 is where you set timescales to achieve the objectives in step 2. You may set a timescale to achieve one of the four activities each week so this will take four weeks.