Award in Care Work
We Care!

Training Course: CW02 - Award in Care Work - We Care!

Course Description: The purpose of this module is to introduce the field of care, and the jobs of care workers whose main aim is to help vulnerable people to manage their daily activities and to live as independently as possible. It aims to cover basic health and safety practices, social interaction and ethical practices required of the caregiver. With this foundation module learners can be confident of their ability to embark on, and continue further studies in, this field.

 EQF/ MQF Level: Level 2                                                   ECTS per course: 1

 Mode of Delivery: Traditional/ Face to Face                     Total Hours: 25 hours

 Mode of Attendance: Part Time                                       Language: English  

Programme Duration: 1 Week

 Target Audience: 16-18, 25+,

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Target Group: This course is aimed at learners 16+; it can, however, be taken by any candidates. It is beneficial for all those currently acting as a care worker in the home, workplace, or voluntary sector, or those who aspire to start a career in social care.

Accreditation Category: Further Education Programme

Accredited by: Malta Further & Higher Education Authority. (MFHEA).

Course Structure: This Award, apart from offering background information to the job of a care worker is designed to develop attributes such as compassion, empathy and

appropriate communications skills and offer the basic principles of health and

safety issues for oneself and clients.

 Knowledge

1. Explain guidelines related to the care of the elderly and vulnerable.

2. Recognise the desirable attributes of a professional care worker.

3. Define context-appropriate language and tone of voice to deal with clients and other stakeholders.

4. Demonstrate an awareness of the importance of one's own health and hygiene.

5. Illustrate knowledge of health and safety guidelines related to care work.

6. Describe various products used in cleaning, disinfection, and sterilisation in healthcare.

7. Identify the right foods to be served.

8. Describe the procedures employed in basic moving and handling of elderly.

9. Summarise the basic hygiene required for keeping residents clean.

 Skills

10. Create a trusting relationship with clients and stakeholders.

11. Apply health and hygiene practices in accordance with set guidelines.

12. Identify the level of mobility of a patient and apply correct procedure of handling.

13. Show professionalism when caring for clients who have 'additional needs' without highlighting their difficulties.

14. Employ applicable procedures when a risk is identified.

15. Serve appropriate food in a safe manner (e.g., soft foods, solids, dietary requirements etc.)

16. Apply the appropriate cleaning, disinfection, and sterilisation products in a variety of contexts.

17. Demonstrate the basic hygiene practices to keep residents safe and healthy.

 Competences

18. Apply proper guidelines relating to mobility, appropriate food, and communication with clients.

19, Employ tools learnt and a variety of approaches to deal effectively with difficult clients.

20. Demonstrate the correct hygiene practices involved in caregiving.

21. Demonstrate awareness of the correct procedures in assisting the clients with their daily hygiene routines.

22. Apply correct principles when handling clients with limited or no mobility.

23. Employ guidelines in dealing with various emergencies including mental health and physical health.

24. Assess basic risks and barriers to the safety of older adults.

Entry Requirements: Have a basic secondary education /school leaving certificate. Be able to communicate both orally and in writing in English. Ideally have a current Basic First Aid Certification provided by an accredited institution. Basic First Aid will be offered to those who require it.

Outline of Course: The focus of this module is to provide learners with an introduction to the basic concepts and skills required in the care of the elderly and the invalid. With this foundation module learners can build confidence in their capabilities to provide safe and invaluable care, including daily activities, for vulnerable individuals in their own homes or other residencies.

Learning Outcomes

Competences: - at the end of the module unit the learner will have acquired the

responsibility and autonomy to:

a) Apply communication guidelines learnt with clients and stakeholders.

b) employ tools learnt and a variety of approaches to deal effectively with difficult clients.

c) demonstrate the correct hygiene practices involved in caregiving.

d) demonstrate the correct hygiene one should practice for oneself.

e) demonstrate awareness of the correct procedures in assisting the clients with their daily personal hygiene routines.

f) apply correct principles when handling clients with limited or no mobility.

g) employ guidelines in dealing with various emergencies.

h) Assess basic risks and barriers to the safety of older adults.

Knowledge - at the end of the module/unit the learner will have been exposed to the following:

a) describe the desirable attributes of a professional care worker.

b) explain guidelines related to the care of the elderly and vulnerable.

c) memorise context-appropriate language and tone of voice to deal with clients and other stakeholders.

d) demonstrate impeccable health and hygiene standards for self.

e) illustrate knowledge of health and safety guidelines related to care work.

f) distinguish appropriate cleansing products to be used.

g) Identify the right foods to be served.

h) Describe the procedures employed in basic moving and handling of elderly.

i) Summarise the basic hygiene required for keeping residents clean.

j) Identify guidelines for dealing with common emergencies in a care home setting.

 

Skills - at the end of the module/unit the learner will have acquired the following

skills:

The learner will be able to:

a) create a trusting relationship with clients and all stakeholders.

b) apply health and hygiene practices in accordance with set guidelines.

c) identify the level of mobility of a patient and apply correct procedure of handling.

d) show professionalism when caring for clients who have 'additional needs' without highlighting their difficulties.

e) employ applicable procedures when a risk is identified.

Judgment Skills and Critical Abilities

The learner will be able to:

a) define one's role and boundaries as to how much care is required with regards

to maintaining health and safety standards for the client, balancing that with affording some independence to their client.

b) evaluate the workplace situation and adopt the right strategy to administer the

right care and support to their clients, building a relationship of trust with all stakeholders.

C) demonstrate confidence in knowing which procedure to choose in each context.

Module-Specific Communication Skills

The learner will be able to:

a) choose appropriate and professional language, behaviour, and non-verbal communication in any situation and with all stakeholders

Module-Specific Learner Skills

The learner will be able to:

a) acknowledge the need for continuous professional development, to stay current on issues of interaction with clients with a variety of needs 

Learning Outcome 1: Outcome Type – Skill

Use appropriate tone, language and terminology with clients and stakeholders. Identify barriers to communication and practice strategies to address these barriers.

Learning Outcome 2: Outcome Type – Knowledge

Assess own strengths and areas requiring personal development with regards to the skills and knowledge needed to work successfully within a team. Demonstrate an understanding of the skills needed to improve one’s communication skills with clients. Discover ways to keep oneself updated and constantly renew acquired skills.

Assessment:

The assessment for this Award consists of three parts:

1) A continuous assessment which will be based on participation in class discussions and active participation in simulated exercises where students must analyse the Situation and apply the tools learnt to solve the issues presented. 20% of the marks will be allocated to this section.

2) A summative assessment based on their compilation of a reflective journal which should contain the techniques and methods learnt, and how they will apply that learning. In addition, the summative assessment will include answers to the questions arising during the simulation exercises. This carries 40% of the total mark.

3)A multiplication choice test of each topic (a minimum of 1 question per knowledge objective) will be set. This Carries 40% of the total mark.

The maximum mark for the course is set a 100% and to be awarded a certificate, students will be required to archive a minimum aggregate of 50% of the maximum mark. 

Hours of Total Learning – 25:

Total Contact Hours: 8

Self-Study Hours: 15

Supervised Placement and Practice Hours: 1

Assessment Hours: 1 

Course Fee: €100 (min 6 persons).

Date of Next Intake: March 2023

 

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