NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care
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Adult Care Workers are the frontline staff who help adults with care and support needs to achieve their personal goals and live as independently and safely as possible, enabling them to have control and choice in their lives. Typically, 10 month programme To work in care is to make a positive difference to someone’s life when they are faced with physical, practical, social, emotional or intellectual challenges. Adult care workers need to have the right values and behaviours developing competences and skills to provide high quality compassionate care and support. They are the frontline staff who help adults with care and support needs to achieve their personal goals and live as independently and safely as possible, enabling them to have control and choice in their lives which is at the heart of person centred care. Job roles are varied and determined by and relevant to the type of the service being provided and the person supported. Adult care workers may work in residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres, a person’s own home or some clinical healthcare settings.
To achieve the level 3 Diploma in Adult care 58 credits must be met with a minimum 35 credits being level 3 or above. The qualification is made up of nine mandatory units totalling 28 credits - How and why we communicate, Personal development, Health, safety and well-being, How we handle information, The duty of care of a Social Care worker, Safeguarding and protection, Responsibilities of a care worker, Equality and inclusion in a care setting, and Implementing personal approaches in a care setting. Following the mandatory units students have to achieve 30 credits from the option units. These can be chosen in relation to the student’s job role and workplace setting for instance Dementia care, Domiciliary care, Residential care, Mental Health, Supported living, and Learning disabilities. Units are made up of Knowledge and skills so what the student must know and what the student must be able to do in their job role. You must also have the following attributes and behaviours • Care – is caring consistently and enough about individuals to make a positive difference to their lives • Compassion – is delivering care and support with kindness, consideration, dignity, empathy and respect • Courage – is doing the right thing for people and speaking up if the individual they support is at risk • Communication – good communication is central to successful caring relationships and effective team working • Competence – is applying knowledge and skills to provide high quality care and support • Commitment – to improving the experience of people who need care and support ensuring it is person centred Upon achievement of this qualification, you could progress to a variety of lead adult care worker roles in care settings or to further education. You may progress to the Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care. You may also progress onto qualifications for management or lead practitioner roles in adult care, or to specialist qualifications reflecting the context in which you work.