Unit 21 Supporting Significant Life Events



Unit 21:
Supporting Significant Life Events

Unit code:
D/601/1648

QCF level:
5


Credit value:
15






Aim

The aim of this unit is to enable learners to investigate the support available for those experiencing significant life events and the effectiveness of service responses in supporting such individuals.


Unit abstract

In this unit learners will investigate how individuals may be supported through expected and unexpected transitions associated with the human life cycle and with adjustment to change such as entering, moving within, or leaving a health and social care service. The responsibilities of ensuring that a service is responsive to the needs of individuals experiencing trauma and loss will be discussed.

Learners will look at ways in which health and social care services may contribute to the maintenance of dignity and self-image for those experiencing trauma and loss. Learners will also explore how staff working with individuals experiencing significant life events may also be supported.

This unit is recommended for those learners who have had experience of managing health and social care services.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit a learner will:

1       Understand how significant life events impact on individuals and their social networks

2       Understand the support available for individuals experiencing significant life events

3       Be able to analyse responses made by health and social care services to support individuals experiencing significant life events.

















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Unit content



1      Understand how significant life events impact on individuals and their social networks

Life events: events and transitions associated with life stages (childhood, adolescence, adulthood, middle age, old age, dying); physical, social, psychological changes relating to eg lifestyle, relationships, health, illness, disability, economic circumstances, cultural difference

Impact: psychological eg depression, emotional stress; physical eg reduced mobility, loss of function; social eg behavioural, detachment

Groups: life partnerships, family, friends, communities; care workers, colleagues; users of health and social care services

2      Understand the support available for individuals experiencing significant life events

Support received from: family, friends, groups, communities; other users of health and social care services, care workers

Support: based on policies and procedures eg confidentiality, bereavement, accessing specialist services

External sources of support: specialists within the health and social care sector and the framework within which they work; support therapies eg counselling, aromatherapy; cultural, faith communities; agencies eg the Deaf Society, the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), the Dementia Association; information and advice eg financial, legal


3      Be able to analyse responses made by health and social care services to support individuals experiencing significant life events

Organisational responses: applying policies and procedures; critical incident responses; routines; support for those in social networks; respect for rituals; adaptations to service eg equipment; personal care

Personal experiences: in the workplace, other experience (at the discretion of individual learners) sufficient to recognise place of learner self-awareness in relation to supporting others

Recommendations: for improvement to support eg for policies, procedures, organisational culture, management style, accommodation and facilities

















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Learning outcomes and assessment criteria


Learning outcomes
Assessment criteria for pass


On successful completion of
The learner can:


this unit a learner will:










LO1 Understand how significant

1.1
explain the impact of significant life events on individuals


life events impact on

1.2
analyse possible group responses to significant life


individuals and their social





events that occur to one of its members


networks











1.3
analyse the impact for others in health and social care





when an individual experiences significant life events








LO2 Understand the support

2.1
evaluate the effectiveness of organisational policies and


available for individuals


procedures in supporting individuals and their social


experiencing significant life


networks affected by significant life events


events

2.2
explain how others in social networks may provide









support to individuals experiencing significant life events




2.3
evaluate the suitability of external sources of support for





those affected by significant life events







LO3 Be able to analyse responses

3.1
analyse possible organisational responses to the need to


made by health and social


support individuals experiencing a significant life event


care services to support

3.2
reflect on own personal contributions to the support of


individuals experiencing





individuals experiencing significant life events


significant life events.











3.3
make recommendations for improving the support





available in a health and social care organisation for





individuals and their social networks when affected by





significant life events.





































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Guidance



Links

This unit has links with, for example:

       Unit 9: Empowering Users of Health and Social Care Services

       Unit 22: Developing Counselling Skills for Health and Social Care.

This unit also has links with the National Occupational Standards in Health and Social Care. See Annexe B for mapping.

This unit also has links with the National Occupational Standards in Leadership and Management for Care Services. See Annexe C for mapping.

Essential requirements

A tutor with experience of managing health and social care services will be required to support the learning for this unit.

Employer engagement and vocational contexts

Care employers and care professionals from social services and from health care would be useful speakers.

Guest speakers from support groups such as Cancer Support or Cruse would be of benefit.









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