This diploma is aimed at all assistant practitioners. It focuses on consolidation of learning and on embedding consistently good practice in core areas, as well as the development of additional knowledge and skills. You will learn about a variety of areas directly relevant to the role, including assessing patients, understanding health principles and effective team working. You will gain a clear understanding of the systems of the body and how they interrelate and the health conditions that may impact on them. You may already be working in a managerial or senior team leader role and wish to expand your knowledge base both in management and care. You will learn to complete your own research and gain an understanding of management theory.
Learners must achieve a minimum 108 credits from 14 mandatory units, covering:
• Safeguarding of children and young people
• Professional development
• Working in partnership
• The structure, function and organisation of the human body
• Promoting communication
• Championing equality, diversity and inclusion
• Leading and managing Infection prevention and control
• Developing policies procedures and practices for health and safety and risk management
• Managing quality
• Undertaking a research project
• Supporting others to undertake assessment of health and wellbeing of individuals
• Promoting effective nutrition and fluid balance
• Principles and philosophy of healthcare
• Lifespan developments and healthcare needs
• Principles and application of physiological measurements
In addition, they will need to complete 12 credits from two groups of optional units.
Having completed this diploma, workers may then consider progressing into undergraduate healthcare profession programs offered by universities and further education colleges offering higher education
• You must be at least 18 years of age.
• You should be in a managerial or senior team leading role with day to day responsibility for other staff. You should also be directly delivering some aspects of care within your job role.
• You should have English and Maths at Level 2 or a GCSE Grade 4-9 (a-c). If not, you will be required to attain these prior to / during the course.
• Ideally you should already hold a qualification in care.
Smart Assessor is the assessment tool which is an online portfolio which will be used.
The learner ideally should have a mentor from their place of work this may be difficult where the learner is the senior/ manager but the company should allocate a director or regional manager who can offer advice and support on course work and company policy and practice.
The learner will be assigned an assessor/tutor from Telford College to act as a guide and trainer. This assessor will support learning, set and mark work, observe the practice of the individual in their work place and prepare the learner for the pre-set assignments which are graded test papers testing understanding of some of the main units.
The learner will meet with their assessor regularly and will review progress formally every 10 weeks where possible the mentor should attend or be part of the discussion.
The learner and the assessor will agree the best methods of assessment to best meet the requirements of each unit and the needs of the learner.
Some units have set tests assigned to test understanding once the unit is completed, these will be
undertaken in exam conditions and will generate a pass, merit or distinction grade for that unit.
Equality, Inclusion and British values will form a large part of discussion and related practice in every aspect of this award.
Throughout the duration of the course internal quality assurance (IQA) is checked to ensure that the learner and assessor are meeting the requirements of the awarding body and the college.