Diploma in Health and Social Care L3
Health Care Assistants, also known as nursing assistants and nursing auxiliaries, help other health care professionals with the day-to-day duties surrounding patient care.
Health Care Assistants work in hospitals, residential care homes and the community, assisting patients with tasks they cannot manage on their own. Some assistants visit and support patients in their own homes.
In hospitals they may escort patients between hospital departments, assist with treatments or examinations, keep the ward tidy, check and sort supplies and help with paperwork.
Health Care Assistants working with patients who have mental health or learning disabilities, may generate activities to increase their self-confidence. This can involve shopping trips or outings to leisure facilities.
Training mainly takes place on the job, however, this will be supported by two days at the college.
Induction and foundation training is provided within the first six weeks of employment, and is based on national standards established by Skills for Care and Development (formerly TOPSS). New entrants are trained in the areas of hygiene, health and safety, lifting and moving techniques, and personal care.
As a Health Care Assistant you will undertake the Diploma Level 3 in Health and Social Care. This qualification requires you to produce evidence of competence in your role, and an assessor will evaluate your performance in the work place.
Foundation degrees are available for health and social care support workers who wish to develop their career. This qualification will allow you to progress onto a range of programmes, including nursing. Achieving a relevant foundation degree may allow you direct entry to the second year of a three-year Nursing Diploma.
Health and Social Care is designed to provide students with a broad knowledge of healthcare services and allows students to focus on health, care and early years aspects of the vocational arena.
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Last updated December 14, 2015