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Continuous professional learning

We are reviewing our post registration training and learning (PRTL) process.

We want to support individual registrants and their employers with their registration and PRTL requirements and the feedback on the current process and experience of registrants will help us design a new approach that meets the needs of an increasingly diverse workforce. It’s the first time we’ve reviewed it since our Register for social workers opened in 2003.

How we are carrying out the review?

We have set up a project group to develop a new continuous learning standard to provide clear expectations for continuous professional development for the social service workforce. This includes a new approach to recording, submitting and monitoring PRTL. We have set up pilot test sites across private, voluntary and local authority services with different registrant groups. A range of different approaches to continuous professional development is being tested, analysed and evaluated in the pilots, which will run to March 2019. The current PRTL system will remain in place during the review so all registrants need to keep on completing their PRTL.

The study aims to provide a broad view of NQSW professional development across Scotland. Researchers from Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Dundee are leading the study. It seeks to capture professional experiences, report on observed practice and trace the professional journey of NQSWs over their first five years to develop a national picture.

What do we want it to achieve?

For the PRTL process to work effectively, it is important that there are benefits for employers, workers and us. We expect the new standard will be:

  • simple, easy to update, fair and proportionate
  • a useful tool for registrants and employers
  • clearly linked to the SSSC registration process.

It will offer a range of ways to record information, recognising that registrants have different preferences for how they learn and record their learning. We want the social service sector to have confidence in our quality assurance role for continuous professional learning and to support the workforce to demonstrate their continuous learning in a positive meaningful way.

For details on the current PRTL process please go here.

How you can get involved

We will share regular updates from the PRTL review on SSSC News. There will be a series of focus groups to discuss the proposals with registrants and employers and an online survey to gather views in Spring 2019.

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Post registration training and learning (PRTL)

Post registration training and learning (PRTL) is about ongoing learning and development.

Everyone on our Register has to meet PRTL requirements as part of their registration.

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