Health and Social Care across the Lifespan
This unit follows the life course and considers the factors that impact upon health and social well-being. The impact of poverty, isolation, ethnicity, culture and gender on people’s health and life experiences will be considered. The experience of giving and receiving care in different settings will be explored as will service user and professional perspectives.
You will undertake a work-based learning experience within an external organisation.
This unit will enable you to gain a practical understanding of the sector and apply this to academic learning and to develop professional and personal skills.
Integrated Health and Social Care
This unit examines the structure of integrated health and social care services. You will develop an understanding of the key concepts, theories and perspectives of health, social care and integrated care from public health and social care perspectives.
Risk and Safeguarding
The unit will support you to develop your understanding and knowledge in relation to risk and safeguarding practices with a range of service users in integrated care contexts. Definitions and models of both risk and safeguarding will be explored, with an examination of how they are incorporated into social policies. Service users and employers will contribute to the unit delivery, so that you can develop your understandings of how safeguarding issues, policy and practice operate in real situations and organisations. You will explore, with employers and service users, the roles and responsibilities integrated care employees have in relation to safeguarding and the tensions, challenges and dilemmas that arise from these.
This unit provides opportunities to develop the critical interpersonal skills in communication which are needed when working with service users, colleagues, and across the health and social care professions.
Personal and Professional Development
This unit will help you to reflect on your learning experiences, build upon them and work on the skills necessary for successful academic study and employment. You will be introduced to personal and professional development skills including effective use of resources, planning workloads and time management, and written and oral presentation skills. Employer representatives will be involved in the delivery of the unit and you will engage with local organisations to develop an awareness of the social and community contexts and issues of integrated care and professional responsibilities (e.g. attendance, punctuality, creative responses and engaging with others). You will also take part in First Aid and Makaton sessions.
Ethics and Values
In this unit you will develop an understanding of the ethical issues within health and social care and examine the development and impact of personal and professional values on practice. You will relate theory to practice by using case studies. Some learning will take place in small inter-professional groups.
Research and Evidence Based Practice
This unit will support you to begin to develop skills and knowledge of the research process in integrated care. You will develop your understanding of literature searching and reviewing, qualitative/quantitative methods, ethics, evidence based & informed practice in integrated care, practitioner research and research that engages with services, people and organisations.