Looking at HCSW roles through the lens of the 4 pillars of practice, rather than as a list of tasks to be done, can open up new opportunities for developing and unlocking potential within individual HCSWs and teams. It can also help teams see where roles fit in practice and how they relate to the role above and the role below.
The first and easiest way to use the framework in practice is to have a good conversation about your learning and development.
We know that many Support Workers wish to remain at the same level but build on existing knowledge and skills – we call this horizontal progression where the skills in one pillar support development in others.
The 4 pillars of practice will help you see the range and depth of your skills and experience. If there is area you have always wanted to work in or try out, have that conversation with someone you trust, more information on who can help you with learning at work is available on the 'Who can help' page.
The four pillars visual can help teams and individuals talk through the different expectations at levels 2, 3 and 4.