1Course Overview

Professional Development for Health Care Assistants

Course code: OSC1208

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Kickstart your education and career in Health Care, from home with this three-course CACHE package course! 

CACHE (The Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education) qualifications specialise in the care and education sector and are the leading industry specialists. This course has been developed by experts, which ensures everything that employers need is covered.  

This CACHE course package combines 3 of our most popular courses into one to allow you to make the most of your learning. 

It includes: 

  • NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in the Safe Handling of Medicines
  • CACHE Level 2 Award in the Awareness of End of Life Care
  • CACHE Level 2 Certificate in the Prevention and Control of Infections

As well as providing an excellent knowledge base in health care, this package course is ideal for: 

  • Students who want to achieve three nationally recognised qualifications in health care
  • Those who want to go onto further vocational training and placement opportunities
  • Working your way towards a career as a health care assistant 
  • Those that want to gain more knowledge in these subjects

This CACHE package enables you to:

  • Gain an understanding of medicines, how they are used and the safe practice of them
  • Develop your knowledge in what is required during end of life care
  • Understand infection in a professional environment and how to control it
  • Gain three nationally recognised qualification to kick-start your career
  • Study from home, at your own pace

What's more, you will now be entitled to FREE access to the CACHE Alumni for 2 years when you enrol on your course. 

Join over 75,000 students and study this distance learning course with an award-winning college. Enrol today! 

Discounts on selected courses - Until 28th May
2Course Content

Course Content

Part I: NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Safe Handling of Medicines

Qualification Number: 501/0037/3

Unit 1: Understand Medication and Prescriptions

(Y/601/9571, Unit Level: 2; GLH: 23 Hours; Credits: 3)

  • Use of different types of medication
  • Understand how medicines are classified
  • Legislation and guidelines related to medication
  • The roles of self and others in the medication process
  • Accessing information about medication
Unit 2: Supply, Storage and Disposal of Medication

(K/601/9574, Unit Level: 2; GLH: 24 Hours; Credits 3)

  • How medicines are supplied and obtained
  • Requirements for storing medication
  • Requirements for the safe disposal of medication
Unit 3: Understand the Requirements for the Safe Administration of Medication

(T/601/9576, Unit Level: 2; GLH: 39 Hours; Credits 4)

  • Legislation and guidance in relation to administration of medicine
  • Preparation to be taken prior to administering medication
  • How medication is administered safely and in a way that meets individual needs
  • Supporting individuals to administer their own medication
  • The procedures to follow when there are problems with the administration of medication
  • Monitoring the effects of medication
Unit 4: Record-keeping and Audit Processes for Medication, Administration and Storage

(F/601/9578, Unit Level: 2; GLH: 24 Hours; Credits 3)

  • Audit process in relation to medication transactions and stock levels
  • How information is recorded, and confidentiality maintained
  • Own role in relation to accountability and responsibility
  • The importance of safeguarding individuals in relation to medication use

 

Part II: CACHE Level 2 Award in Awareness of End of Life Care

Course Qualification Number: 600/4893/1

Unit 1: Understand how to work in end of life care

(A/503/8085, Unit Level 2; GLH; 28; Credits 3)

  • Know different perspectives on death and dying
  • Understand the aims, principles and policies of end of life care
  • Understand factors regarding communication in end of life care
  • Know how to access the range of support services available to individuals and others
  • Identify the potential barriers an individual may face when accessing end of life care
  • Define local and national policy and guidance for care after death

 

Part III: CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Prevention and Control of Infection

Unit 1: The principles of infection prevention and control

(L/501/6737 Unit Level 2; GLH; 30; Credits 3)

  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Legislation and policies
  • Systems and procedures
  • Risk assessment
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Good personal hygiene in the prevention
  • Control of infections
Unit 2: Causes and spread of infection

(H/501/7103 Unit Level 2; GLH; 20; Credits 2)

  • Bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites
  • Common illnesses and infections caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites
  • Infection and colonisation
  • Systemic infection
  • Localised infection
  • Poor practices
  • Transmission of infection
  • Growth of microorganisms
  • Infective agents
  • Common sources of infection
  • Infective agents can be transmitted
  • Key factors
Unit 3: Cleaning, decontamination and waste management

(R/501/6738 Unit Level 2; GLH; 20; Credits 2)

  • Environmental cleaning
  • Cleaning schedules
  • Correct management
  • National policy
  • Decontamination process
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Risks
  • Cleaning and storing equipment
  • Different categories of waste
  • Dealing with waste safely
3Other Information

Assessment

This course is assessed by a series of assignments which are submitted to your tutor for marking. No external examination is required, so you can complete all assessed work from home.

Course Duration

Once enrolled, you will have three years to complete this bundle (one year per course), which will allow you to work at your own pace, without the pressure of tight deadlines. You will also receive 12 months tutor support for each course, so you can feel confident that you’ll get the help you need. Studying around your work and family commitments has never been easier.

Study Method

The course is designed for online study by distance learning at home or at work. You will receive a course manual, assignments and study guide plus tutor support email and have access to your materials all online. 

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course successful learners will receive an NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in the Safe Handling of Medicines, a CACHE Level 2 Award in the Awareness of End of Life Care and a CACHE Level 2 Certificate in the Prevention and Control of Infections. The qualifications are awarded by The Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

CACHE is the UK's only specialist awarding organisation for the children and adult care sectors. CACHE continue to develop the most up to date and relevant qualifications for the new QCF and work closely with Sector Skills Councils to ensure the highest level of quality and a cutting-edge service to their customers, our learners, and the sector.

Once you have enrolled on your CACHE course, you will be entitled to access the CACHE Alumni Membership for 2 years. Please contact our Student Support team for further information on 0330 563100. CACHE Alumni is a Professional Membership Network for those who work in the CACHE industries, providing valuable resources and advice for professional studying towards/with a CACHE qualification.

4Q&As

Your Questions Answered

What are the entry requirements to enrol onto this course?

You will need to be at least 18 years of age to enrol onto this course. 

Is there a time limit for the completion of this course?

You may start at any time and have three years to complete this package (one year per course). This package is truly flexible and adaptable around your lifestyle.

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV writing service
  • FREE Totum discount card (formerly NUS Extra card)
  • FREE CACHE Alumni Membership for 2 years
  • Comprehensive study guide
  • Exclusive Open Study College pen and highlighter
  • Student study planner
  • Student notebook
  • Document wallet
Do I need to be working in a school to study this course?

No, you do not need to be working to enrol onto this course. 

Are there any additional costs?

No. Everything you need is included in the price!

What happens if I lose my course pack?

It’s not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Student Support Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

What if I still have questions?

That’s not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Support Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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The total course fee includes a loan arrangement fee. Your initial deposit payment will be used towards this fee, any remaining fee balance will be added the loan amount.

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Our finance option is provided in partnership with AffordItNow.
For your finance application to be considered you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be over 18 years old
  • Be employed for at least 16 hours a week or retired and in receipt of a private or company pension. Certain state benefit schemes may also be considered.
  • Be a permanent UK resident with a 3 year address history
  • Have a good credit history with no late payments, debt relief orders or bankruptcies
  • Have a valid email address and can access it

Please note that meeting the above criteria does not guarantee finance acceptance.

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