Why an NVQ in Health and Social Care?
Are you always bothered about the wellbeing of others? Are you employed in the healthcare field and would like to further your career prospects by obtaining qualifications?
One of the most popular NVQs is Health and Social Care, designed to enable you to deliver care of others to an excellent standard, understand your responsibilities and ensuring those in care are in a safe and healthy environment.
As with most NVQs, the main requirement is that you are already in employment (paid or voluntary), but it is likely that your employer will sponsor your course – especially for the Health and Social Care NVQ.
Usually your tutor will either support you at work or offer you a centre to go to. You may even be entitled to Government subsidisation, so check if you’re eligible!
What NVQ level should I be at?
An NVQ level 2 in Health and Social Care is the level of the following roles:
- healthcare assistants/support workers employed in acute health environments
- healthcare assistants/support workers employed in community and primary care environments
- care assistants/key workers employed in residential settings
- care assistants/key workers employed in domiciliary services
- care assistants/key workers employed in day services
- support workers employed in supported living projects
- community based care assistants/key workers including those employed in specialist areas such as dementia and learning disabilities.
- personal assistants employed by the individual they support or their families
What types of tasks will be required for NVQ Level 2 in Health and Social Care?
Identify all sorts of hazards in the workplace
Assess risk levels and recommend action plans
Review your workplace assessment of risks
Carry out specific plan of care activities
Provide feedback on care activities
Contribute to revisions of care activities plan
Communicate with specific individuals
Access/update reports and records
Listen to individuals’ questions or concerns
Support individuals in the way they prefer
Treat people with respect
Assist in protecting individuals
Typical optional units:
Support individuals in how to obtain, store and prepare food
Support individuals in how to obtain household goods
Help others keep their homes safe and secure as well as healthy
Support others to maintain mobility
Support individuals to go to the toilet and getting dressed
Support others in moving from one place to another
Help those who are undertaking medical examinations or recovering from treatments
Recognising and dealing with risks of harm and abuse