Free if you meet the eligibility criteria (click here for details) and if you complete the course (click here for details of our terms and conditions)
This qualification is designed to provide an understanding of care plans and how to evaluate the processes required to ensure that an individual that needs care is provided with high-quality person-centred care. The programme covers a range of topics including a wide range of appreciation of what to expect within the sector as well as focusing on important areas such as person-centred care, safe working practices, duty of care and safeguarding.
Who is the course suitable for?
Care workers play a key role in ensuring their residents/patients are treated with a friendly and caring approach. Care workers have the ability to relate to people from a variety of backgrounds. After an investigation from the Care Quality Commission revealed that 424 out of 1,357 services in England are rated ‘inadequate’, the need for high-quality trained care workers has never been greater.
You do not need to have any formal qualifications in order to follow this course, but you will need to demonstrate commitment and motivation to work through the specially prepared distance-learning materials.
How is the course delivered?
Candidates work through the course materials for the programme at a place convenient to them, so there is no need to attend the college to gain the qualification. The learning materials contain the knowledge needed to meet the assessment requirements of the course and activities to allow candidates to practice their skills and test their learning. Assessments are based on a combination of knowledge and skills learned on the programme and work-based activities and experience. Learners should aim to complete the course within 12 weeks.
The course will cover the following areas and consists of three modules:
- Module A: Understanding person-centred thinking and planning, Care planning for the care worker.
- Module B: Understanding nutrition and hydration in health and social care settings, Principles of supporting an individual to maintain personal hygiene.
- Module C: Understanding continence care. Principles of supporting sleep.
The qualification aims to provide a sound preparation for further study and access to a range of vocational programmes, including Certificates and Diplomas in health and social care and other, more general courses.