Level 3 Diploma Healthcare Support
Health & Social Care
What is the course about?
Healthcare support staff can work in a variety of different settings within the NHS and private care facilities. The role of the support staff is to provide assistance to healthcare professionals in diagnosing, treating and caring for patients. The Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support provides learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to work in a range of healthcare support settings.
Why should I choose the course?
This course is for individuals that are looking to develop their knowledge within the healthcare sector. You can be in employment looking to extend your skills and knowledge to help you to gain a new role within a health setting or you may be looking to start a career within health and social care.
What will I learn?
The Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support provides learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to work in a range of healthcare support settings. The qualification is formed of mandatory and optional units. The mandatory units cover core competencies while the optional units allow learners to choose from a variety of specialist areas to tailor the qualification to their needs, interests and to reflect the context of their work.
Mandatory units include:
- Promote communication in care settings
- Promote effective handling of information in care settings
- Promote personal development in care settings
- Promote person-centred approaches in care settings
- Promote equality and inclusion in care settings
- Promote health, safety and well-being in care settings
- Responsibilities of a care worker
- Duty of care in care settings
- Safeguarding and protection in care settings
- The principles of infection prevention and control
- Causes and spread of infection
- Cleaning, decontamination and waste management
- Understand mental health problems
- Understand mental well-being and mental health promotion
- Study skills for senior healthcare support workers
Followed by optional units chosen by the student.
What will the course lead on to?
The qualification content is applicable to a variety of roles, examples of which are included:
Senior Healthcare Support Worker, Senior Healthcare Assistant, Maternity Support Worker, Mental Health Support Worker, Children and Young People Support Worker. There is also progression on to a Level 4 qualification HNC Healthcare Practice.
Are there any links with industry and university?
Students must have a placement or be working within a healthcare setting at the beginning of the course to cover the mandatory placement to show competence in both knowledge and skills.
The college has good links with local health settings and has a wide range of opportunities for guest speakers.
What support is available?
We have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if required, as well as a Welfare Team that is on hand to offer guidance, support and help when needed. Additionally, eligible students can access a wide range of finance and funding support to help them during their time at college.
Click here for learning support: https://wvr.ac.uk/college-life/learning-support
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Why should I choose to study the course at Warrington & Vale Royal College?
We offer students on courses access to exceptional facilities, experienced tutors and a supportive learning environment.
Our tutors offer students the benefit of their own industry experiences, while also encompassing the knowledge and experience of the students in class.
The open approach to learning at the college allows students to understand how the topic or unit they are studying relates not just to their personal working environment but also the working environment of their peers.
What are the entry requirements?
You must be aged 19+
Learners will need to be working, volunteering or on practical placement to be able to show competence in both knowledge and skills.
Are there any additional costs associated with the course?
For the course, you will need to have a folder, a notepad, pens, felt tips, highlighters, dividers and plastic wallets. If you do not work in a setting and are going to be volunteering you will need to apply for a DBS which is £40.
Trips that may take place include Edge Hill University, Chester University, Thackary Museum. Trips will cost between £20-30 each.
Other costs may include textbooks, although there are is specific textbook for the course you may wish to buy recommended ones.
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