This qualification forms part of a suite of Health and Social Care Diplomas which assess a learner’s competence within a work situation. The qualification contains a wide range of optional units which will allow opportunity for competence to be demonstrated in a wide range of contexts. The achievement of this qualification will meet the requirements of the workforce for this sector.
There is an opportunity for learners to have specialist skills in the care of individuals with learning disabilities and dementia recognised through endorsed pathways.
This is the only qualification that confirms occupational competence for identified roles in the Health and Social Care workforce in England.
- More choice and flexibility
- Opportunity to transfer credit between qualifications
- More transparency in terms of the size and level of commitment needed to achieve the qualification
- Opportunities to progress within the suite of qualifications and to other OCR work-based qualifications
Main Features of the qualification
- This qualification is part of a suite of health and social care qualifications which replace the NVQs in Health and Social Care.
- The qualification has been developed to meet specific needs in England.
- The qualification will be the only qualification that confirms occupational competence for identified roles in the Health and Social Care workforce in England.
- The qualification contains a large number of units which reflect the competencies of those who work in specialised areas of care.
- This qualification has two endorsed pathways for dementia care and learning disability care.
- The qualification has been accredited onto the Qualifications and Credit Framework.
- All units have been assigned a level and a credit value.
- All units have been assigned guided learning hours which gives an indication of the time that might be allocated to direct teaching or instruction, together with other structured learning time.
- The qualification contains both knowledge and competence units.
- The qualification will form part of the apprenticeship framework for the sector x There is an opportunity for both full award and unit certification.
This qualification is aimed at those who are already working in health and social care settings and provide an opportunity to have their knowledge and skills recognised through the achievement of a nationally accredited qualification.The qualification confirms competence in roles such as:
- Senior care assistants/support workers/key workers in residential settings.
- Senior healthcare assistants/support workers in community and primary care environments.
- Senior healthcare assistants/support workers in acute health environments.
- Senior care assistants/support workers/key workers in domiciliary services.
- Senior care assistants/support workers/key workers in day services.
- Senior support workers in supported living projects.
- Community-based senior care assistants/support workers/key workers, including those working in specialist areas, e.g. dementia, learning disabilities.
- Personal assistants employed directly by the individual they support or their families.
- Emerging new types of workers and multidisciplinary health roles crossing traditional service barriers and delivery models
It is aimed at those who may often be working without direct supervision or own their own. Learners will have a degree of responsibility and autonomy and will be required to make decisions within boundaries and limits agreed.