Who is the qualification for?
This qualification is about direct care, where the focus is hands-on care, (doing things for services users) enablement care, and development and maintenance of the services users independence (supporting and enabling services users to do things for themselves). Candidates will usually be delivering care in support of and under the direction of a colleague who is accountable in the area of practice, although this person may not always be in the immediate vicinity while the candidate is working with services users. The candidate would be expected to seek support, advice or assistance if they are unclear about what to do or if unusual or untoward situations arise (for example, deterioration in the services users’ condition).
These competencies are for persons who are likely to be in roles where for example their duties
- Carrying out and providing feedback on specific plan of care activities
- Support individuals to meet their domestic and personal needs
- Support the health and safety of yourself and individuals
Relevant occupations include:
- Home Care Assistants
- Health Care Assistants
- Care workers in any capacity involved in the day to day care, protection and well being of individuals
This list is not exhaustive and only serves to illustrate the breadth of the qualification.
How the qualification is structured:
To achieve the full qualification, candidates must complete eight (8) units in total made up of
four (4) mandatory units plus four (4) optional units. Candidates can also take additional units,
although these are not required to complete the qualification.