We are reviewing our post registration training and learning (PRTL) process, which has been in place since registration started in 2003.
We have been listening to registrant views on the current PRTL process and this is what we are hearing.
The current approach to PRTL isn’t working – it feels like a paper exercise.
Registrants are not always sure what’s expected of them and this can cause a lot of worry; there’s so much guidance it can be overwhelming.
The current PRTL process doesn’t help you feel enthusiastic or inspired about learning.
We want to change this, so we’re carrying out a review and asking for your support in shaping the new process.
What do we want to achieve and how will we do this?
We want to make sure that what we ask registrants to do for PRTL is clear, proportionate and helps you to show how your learning is making a positive difference to the way you work and to the people you support.
To do this, we will develop a new standard for continuous professional learning. This will set out what is expected of registrants, employers and the SSSC.
Alongside the new standard, we want to make sure that our systems make it as easy as possible for you to fulfil your PRTL requirements. Five test sites in different social services are currently helping us try out different methods of recording and reflecting on learning so we can see what works. The test sites include the following.
- Kennedy Care Group (care homes older people)
- Enchanted Forest Nurseries (day care of children)
- The Mungo Foundation (housing support, care at home and residential respite – young people’s services)
- Dundee City Council (housing support and care at home – adult services)
- Care Inspectorate.
We’ll be seeking views from the wider social service sector in early 2019 when we plan to consult on the new draft standard and will also hold a series of events.
What about this year’s PRTL submission?
The current PRTL process is still a requirement for your registration, so until the new system is launched (towards the end of 2019), please continue to record and submit your PRTL records as normal.