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Learners will learn how to supervise the care to clients by other staff members. The learner will also ensure, is that each client is approached in a person centred way and learners will gain the knowledge and skills to operate in this way. It is imperative that carers work in a professional manner at all times, hence the need for confidentiality and the adherence to the NISCC code of conduct. Level 3 carers will also learn about the importance of recording accurately and reporting appropriately within the policies and procedures of the organisation
To achieve the Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (NI) learners must achieve a minimum of 58 credits. To do this they must achieve: 37 credits from the mandatory units, at least 21credits from the optional units.
Example of mandatory units include: Communication, Health and Well being, Principles and Values, CPD in the context of health and social care.
Examples of optional units include: Understand the process and experience of dementia, Physical disability, Infection Control, Physiological measurements, Pressure area care, Support in the administration of medicines, Understand and enable interaction and communication with individuals who have dementia, Provide support to manage pain and discomfort, Provide support to maintain and develop skills for every day life.
It is highly recommended that learners have completed the City and Guilds Level 2 in Health and Social Care qualification or equivalent, plus have a minimum of one year experience in the care field. Learners are required to undertake an Access NI Check.
Assessment is mainly through written assignments and observation of practice in the work environment by a qualified assessor. Learners use E-portfolio for the submission of work and contact with their assessor and Internal Verifier.
Learners may progress into employment as a senior care worker in residential, nursing or domiciliary settings. Learners may also gain employment as a health care assistant in the hospital settings, undertaking specific roles such as phlebotomist.
Candidates need to be employed for a minimum 21 hours per a week in a care environment. They are also required to undertake essential skills in literacy, numeracy and ICT if they do not have GCSE Grade C or above in these subject areas. Employability qualifications are on offer to students as well as on-line courses to support their learning.
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