Through the chapters of this book we have introduced the reader to the key components of successful programmes of learning in the social care workplace. The concept of ‘learning to learn’ has been central to the book, and we hope that it will help the busy people of Schön’s ‘swampy lowland’, learners and enablers alike, to develop the skills which will set them up as lifelong learners. Continual professional development is no longer a luxury to be indulged by the privileged few, but a necessity for all workers within the sector. As social care strives to respond to the changing needs of the population, the changing requirements of legislation, policy and procedure, and the changing environment of multi-professional working, the workforce in it needs to be adaptable, well trained and continually developing. Furthermore, the workforce needs to equip itself to be a driver for those changes that particularly affect service delivery, and moving beyond the merely reactive to being constructively proactive in shaping the services it delivers. Only in this way can we truly say that we are working in the service user’s best interests. Enablers should be (and should develop) agitators.
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