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Fully funded courses for those who work in health and social care

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Norfolk County Council and Suffolk County Council are providing access to fully funded qualifications in health and social care. This training is for existing health and social care staff who live and work in Norfolk and Suffolk. 

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The Developing Skills in Health and Social Care (DSHSC) project provides fully funded qualifications to staff working in the Health and Social Care sector across Norfolk and Suffolk. 

West Suffolk College is part of this collaborative project, led by Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils, alongside a range of local colleges, training providers and other partners. The aim of the project is to empower those working in the health and social care sector to develop new skills, helping to continue providing high quality care to local people. The project team will work closely with health and social care providers to identify the best way to involve their staff in the project.

To be eligible, participants must:

  • Be legally entitled to live and work in the UK
  • Live in Norfolk or Suffolk and be employed by an organisation that provides health and / or social care services for adults in Norfolk or Suffolk. (This includes people who are self-employed).

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Level 1

Care Certificate Programme, embedding the Level 1 Preparing to Work Award

Remote sessions, 1 session per week for 9 weeks. Delivery of all 15 standards of the care certificate embedding the Level 1 award. Basic Life support training is an extra session and arranged with the workplace.

  • What is the care certificate?

    What is the care certificate?

    Developed by Health Education England and Skills for Health, the Care Certificate was developed and designed to meet the requirements set out in the Cavendish Review.

    Who is it for?

    The Care certificate is for new staff as part of an induction programme and for anyone working in social care and health.   Some examples are :

    • Adult Social Care workers in residential, nursing homes and hospices.
    • Support workers
    • Homecare workers
    • Personal assistants

    To be awarded the Care Certificate you must meet all the 15 standards. These are :

    • Understand your role
    • Your personal development
    • Duty of care
    • Equality and diversity
    • Work in a person-centred way
    • Communication
    • Privacy and dignity
    • Fluids and nutrition
    • Awareness of mental health, dementia & learning disabilities
    • Safeguarding adults
    • Safeguarding children
    • Basic life support
    • Health & safety
    • Handling information
    • Infection, prevention & control
  • Overview of the level 1 award preparing to work in adult social care (embedded within the Care Certificate)

    This qualification will enable learners to develop a basic knowledge of the adult social care sector and is aimed at those learners who wish to explore roles in this field.

    To gain this qualification, learners must achieve 6 credits from the mandatory units. 

    This qualification provides a pathway into the sector for individuals considering a career in health and/or social care or those returning to work after a career break. It does not confirm competence in a job role but provides an opportunity to develop knowledge about the wider health and social care sector before learners decide whether working in the sector is for them and gain information to make decisions about career progression. 

    Mandatory units:

    • Introduction to the adult social care sector
    • Introduction to the values and principles of adult social care
    • Awareness of the skills and attitudes needed to work in adult social care
    • Awareness of communication in adult social care
    • Awareness of the roles and responsibilities of the adult social care worker

Training dates

  • 25 January 2022 - 22 March 2022 (every Tuesday)
  • 7 June 2022 - 2 August 2022 (every Tuesday)

Level 2

Overview of Level 2 Units

  • Introduction to mental health, mental ill health and wellbeing

    Credit value 3

    GLH 20

    This unit introduces learners to the concepts of mental health, mental ill health and wellbeing, as well as other related terminology and subjects, such as stigma and other associated impacts of mental illness. It aims to provide a learner with an understanding that all individuals have mental health and that an individual’s experience of mental health can fluctuate on a spectrum. It also introduces learners to basic treatment models, including self-help.

  • Dementia Awareness

    Dementia Awareness

    Credit value 2

    GLH 7

    The aim of the unit is to enable learners to gain knowledge of what dementia is, the different forms of dementia and how others can have an impact on the individual with dementia

  • Understand the context of supporting individuals with learning disabilities

    Understand the context of supporting individuals with learning disabilities

    Credit value 2

    GLH 18

    The unit explores the meaning of learning disability and considers issues closely linked with learning disability support. These include an awareness of how the attitudes and beliefs of others affect individuals who have learning disabilities. The unit introduces themes of inclusion, human rights, advocacy, empowerment and active participation and also considers the central place of communication in working with individuals who have learning disabilities.

  • Understand how to work in end of life care

    Understand how to work in end of life care

    The purpose of this unit is to assess the learner’s knowledge and understanding when beginning to work in End of Life Care.

    Credit value 3

    GLH 23

  • Introductory awareness of autistic spectrum conditions

    Introductory awareness of autistic spectrum conditions

    Credit value 2

    GLH 17

    The unit provides introductory awareness on autistic spectrum conditions. It provides learners with key areas of knowledge and explores important themes such as individuality, communication, behaviour and person centred support. The terminology chosen to describe the Autistic Spectrum in this unit is Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC), one of several different usages in this field. In diagnosis and other clinical and research settings, the more usual term is Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). Other usages, such as ‘autism’ as an umbrella term for the spectrum, are also frequently used informally and by organisations such as the National Autistic Society. ASC has been chosen here since it forms a more neutral and less medical phrase than ASDs in this context.

Level 4

Highfield Level 4 Certificate in Principles of Leadership and Management for Adult Care (RQF)

All participants will need to attend both workshops (only once). All sessions are conducted through Microsoft teams.

  • Workshop 1, 2 and 3: 09.30 - 13.30 (this will include induction/study skills & e-portfolio guidance)

  • Units that make up certificate

    Unit 2: Team Leadership in Adult Care: Credit value 2

    • Learners will Understand team leadership & team development in adult care.

     

    Unit 4: Regulatory Processes for Adult Care: Credit value 2

    Learners will.

    • Understand key roles, remits and responsibilities in registered services
    • Understand the systems and requirement for the regulation of adult care services.
    • Understand the inspection process
    • Understand the wider range of regulatory requirements that apply to the service

     

    Unit 11: Supervision and Performance Management in Adult Care: Credit value: 1

     Learners will:

    • Understand supervision in adult care & procedures to address performance management issues

    Unit 12: Resource Management in Adult Care: Credit value 2

    Learners will

    • Understand resource management issues
    • Understand financial management arrangements
    • Understand human resource issues
    • Understand recruitment and retention
    • Issues
    • Understand how to analyse the impact of
    • resource management on service delivery

     

    Unit 17: manage Self for Leadership in Adult Care: Credit value 2

    Learners will:

    • Understand the importance of self-awareness
    • Understand how to manage own behaviour
    • Understand how to manage own workload
    • Understand own role to champion the vision and values of the service
    • Understand how to manage own learning and continuing professional development

     

    Unit 20: Innovation and Change in Adult Care: Credit value 2

     

    Learners will

    • Understand how a vision for the service supports innovation
    • Understand principles of effective change management

Training Dates

  • Level 1 Care Certificate Training Dates

    Care Certificate dates

    Remote sessions 09.30 –14.30.

    1 session per week for 9 weeks.

    Learners must attend every week and complete workbooks and activity sheets after each session.

    A workplace observation is also required

     Basic Life Support will be 09.30- 1600 & delivered face to face at one of our centres

     

    Care certificate module

    Day

    Dates

    Introduction to the course and use of OneFile

    1.Understand your Role

    1

    25/1

    3. Duty of Care

    4. Equality & Diversity

    2

    1/2

    5. Work in a Person-Centred Way

    3

    8/2

    6. Communication

    14. Handling Information

    4

    15/2

    2. Your personal development

    8. Fluid & Nutrition

    7. Privacy & Dignity

    5

    22/2

    10. Safeguarding Adults

    11. Safeguarding Children

    6

    1/3

    13. Health & Safety

    15. Infection prevention & Control

    7

    8/3

    9. Awareness of mental health, dementia & learning disabilities.

    8

    15/3

    12.Basic life support

    9

    22/3

    Care certificate module

    Day

    Date

     

    Introduction to the course and use of OneFile

    1.Understand your Role

    1

    7/6

     

    3. Duty of Care

    4. Equality & Diversity

    2

    14/6

     

    5. Work in a Person-Centred Way

    3

    21/6

    6. Communication

    14. Handling Information

    4

    28/6

    2. Your personal development

    8. Fluid & Nutrition

    7. Privacy & Dignity

    5

    5/7

    10. Safeguarding Adults

    11. Safeguarding Children

    6

    12/7

    13. Health & Safety

    15. Infection prevention & Control

    7

    19/7

    9. Awareness of mental health, dementia & learning disabilities.

    8

    26/7

    12.Basic life support

    9

    2/8

  • Level 2 Training Dates

    Unit

    Dates

    Dementia Awareness

    Wednesday 9th February, Tuesday 5th April, Tuesday 21st June, Tuesday 9th August

    Understand how to work in end of life care

    Tuesday 15th February, Tuesday 12th April, Tuesday 14th June, Tuesday 2nd August

    Introductory awareness of autistic spectrum conditions

    Tuesday 11th January, Tuesday 8th March, Wednesday 5th May, Tuesday 5th July

    Introduction to mental health, mental ill health, and wellbeing

    Tuesday 22nd February, Tuesday 19th April, Tuesday 7th June, Tuesday 10th May, 

    Understand the context of supporting individuals with learning disabilities

    Wednesday 12th January, Wednesday 23rd March, Tuesday 19th July

  • Level 4 Training Dates

    Dates for 2022 (All workshops are Thursday)

    Workshop 1

    Workshop 2

    Workshop 3

    13th January

    24th February

    7th April

    19th May

    30th June

    27th January

    10th March

    21st April

    1st June (Wednesday)

    14th July

     

    10th February

    24th March

    5th May

    16th June

    28th July