Principles of health and social care practice

Unit title: Principles of health  and social care practice

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Unit code:                 Y/601/1566
Level:                                     5
Credit value:                        15



AIMS
The aim of this unit is to develop understanding of the values, theories and policies underpinninghealth and social care practice and the mechanisms that exist to promote good practice.

UNIT ABSTRACT
This unit develops understanding of the values and principles that underpin the practice of allthose who work in health and social care. Learners will consider theories and policies thatunderpin health and social care practice and explore formal and informal mechanisms requiredto promote good practice by individuals in the workforce, including strategies that can influencethe performance of others.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES

On successful completion of this unit a learner will:

1          Understand how principles of support are implemented in health and social care practice
2          Understand the impact of policy, legislation, regulation, codes of practice and standards onorganisation policy and practice
3          Understand the theories that underpin health and social care practice
4          Be able to contribute to the development and implementation of health and social careorganisational policy. 

 UNIT CONTENT

1          Understand how principles of support are implemented in health and social carepractice
Principles of support: respecting individuality, rights, choice, privacy, independence, dignity,respect and partnership; equal opportunities; respecting diversity, different cultures andvalues; providing care, support and attention, eg for individuals, family, friends, carers, groupsand communities
Confidentiality: importance of, limits of, policies about sharing information
Person-centred approach: supporting preferences, wishes and needs; supporting privacy anddignity; supporting others to make informed choices about the services they receive
Protection from risk of harm: assessing risk to self and others; right of individuals to takerisks; informing relevant people about identified risks


2          Understand the impact of policy, legislation, regulation, codes of practice andstandards on organisation policy and practice
Current policy: as relevant eg Every Child Matters, Rights to Action, Quality Protects, ChildrenFirst; current policy guidance eg Procurement, working together to safeguard children: aguide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, ValuingPeople, Fulfilling the Promises
Current legislation: as relevant eg the Care Standards Act, 2000
Current regulations: as relevant eg Care Homes Regulations, 2001, The Care Homes (Wales)Regulations 2002
Current codes of practice: as relevant eg Code of Practice for Social Care Workers and Codeof Practice for Employers of Social Care Workers, The Code: standards of conduct,performance and ethics for nurses and midwives
Impact of initiatives: changes to practice, development needs

3          Understand the theories that underpin health and social care practice

Explanations for the characteristics and circumstances of individuals: theories of humangrowth and development; managing loss and change; managing stress and behaviour
Social processes: leading to marginalisation, isolation and exclusion eg poverty,unemployment, poor health, disablement, lack of education and other sources ofdisadvantage; their impact on the demand for health and social care services
Nature of health and social care services in a diverse society: concepts eg prejudice, interpersonal,institutional and structural discrimination, empowerment and anti-discriminatorypractices
Inter-professional working: significance of partnership working eg social care, education,housing, health, income maintenance and criminal justice services

4          Be able to contribute to the development and implementation of health and socialcare organisational policy
Considerations: supervision, roles and accountability; quality assurance systems; maintainingand upgrading knowledge and skills; support networks and professional registration; workingwith the regulatorsUnit 34 Operations management in Business R/505/8181

learning outcomes and assessment criteria


Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of
this unit a learner will:

Assessment criteria for pass

The learner can:
LO1    Understand how  principles of support are implemented in health and social care practice
1.1 explain how principles of support are applied to ensurethat individuals are cared for in health and social carepractice
1.2 outline the procedure for protecting clients, patients,and colleagues from harm
1.3 analyse the benefit of following a person-centredapproach with users of health and social care services
1.4 explain ethical dilemmas and conflict that may arisewhen providing care, support and protection to users ofhealth and social care services
LO2    Understand the impact of policy, legislation, regulation, codes of practice and standards on organisation policy and practice
2.1 explain the implementation of policies, legislation,regulations and codes of practice that are relevant toown work in health and social care
2.2 explain how local policies and procedures can bedeveloped in accordance with national and policyrequirements
2.3 evaluate the impact of policy, legislation, regulation, andcodes of practice onorganisational policy and practice
LO3    Understand the theories that underpin health and social care practice
3.1 explain the theories that underpin health and social carepractice
3.2 analyse how social processes impact on users of healthand social care services
3.3 evaluate the effectiveness of inter-professional working
LO4   Be able to contribute to the development and implementation of health and social care organisational policy
4.1 explain own role, responsibilities, accountabilities andduties in the context of working with those within andoutside the health and social care workplace
4.2 evaluate own contribution to the development andimplementation of health and social care organisationalpolicy
4.3 make recommendations to develop own contributionsto meeting good practice requirements.

Essential requirements

Learners must be given time to develop their workplace experience, knowledge andunderstanding before assessment of this unit. They will be expected to present evidence basedsubstantially on their work in health and social care.Case study material is essential, and can be provided by the tutor or based on learners’ work situations.


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