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Care Skills - 5N2770

Course: Care Skills
Mullingar / Naas
Start Date:
Mullingar 03.02.2015 / Naas 04.02.2015
Duration: 7 Weeks
Times: Mullingar 6.30 – 9.30 / Naas 6.30 – 9.30

This course discusses a range of age related issues to include healthy ageing, global and national demographic trends. It also investigates the normal physiological and psychological processes of ageing, the social impact of ageing on older people and differing attitudes to ageing and older people



Course Description

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to care for clients in a safe and hygienic environment.

The Benefits to Learners of this Valuable Qualification

At the end of the unit learners will be able to:

  • Identify relevant groups of people in need of health care
  • Describe the physical, emotional, social, psychological and spiritual needs of a range of people,
  • Adapt levels of assistance to needs of particular clients,
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills,
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills,
  • Enhance the privacy, dignity and independence following for the client in care,
  • To enable the learner to develop the academic and vocational language, literacy and numeracy skills related to Care Skills through the medium of the indicative content,
  • To enable the learner to take responsibility for his/her own learning.

The requirements for entry to the Care Skills Level 5 Minor Award are, Leaving Certificate standard or equivalent qualifications or FETAC/QQI Level 4 Certificate and/or relevant life and work experiences.
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The following content will be covered in this course:

  • Identify relevant groups of people in need of health care
  • Examine the physical, emotional, social, psychological and spiritual needs of a range of groups of people, taking into account individual variation
  • Identify the hygiene needs of dependent clients
  • Discuss the prevention of pressure sores
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the correct procedures for the cleaning and replacement of a range of patient equipment
  • Adapt levels of assistance to the needs of particular clients
  • Demonstrate a range of interpersonal skills when dealing with clients to include empathy, respect, patience and effective communication skills
  • Exercise initiative to improve client involvement in social events, outings and occupational therapy and physiotherapy
  • Contribute to the maintenance of safe and hygienic environments for clients to include the safe disposal of soiled linen
  • Assist clients with dressing, grooming, eating, drinking, toileting, continence promotion, mobility and where appropriate, social needs
  • Apply client safety and security procedures to include appropriate on site client care procedures for washing, bathing, showering, positioning, moving and handling
  • Give assistance that enhances the privacy, dignity, independence and positive self image of clients in care
  • Give assistance to clients in the use of a range of care equipment to include sensory equipment, aids to encourage independence and mechanical aids including mobility aids, feeding aids, washing aids, elimination aids and hoists
  • Report changes in the client’s condition to the relevant Supervisor
    Complete client documentation where appropriate.

The assessment process includes a combination of module appropriate assessment procedures which will facilitate the assessment of learning outcomes of this course. These methods will include continuous assessment processes such as:

Assessment Format: Assignment 40% / Skills Demonstration 60%

Assignment – An assignment is usually carried out over an extended period of time and the assignment brief will require candidates to show:

  • An understanding and application of concepts.
  • A selection of relevant research techniques and sources of information.
  • An ability to analyse, evaluate, draw conclusions and make recommendations

Skills Demonstration – A skills demonstration is used to assess a wide range of practical based learning outcomes including practical skills and knowledge. A skills demonstration will require the learner to complete a task or series of tasks that demonstrate a range of skills.


QQI – Care Skills Level 5 Minor award
Awarded by – (QQI) Quality & Qualifications Ireland

On successful completion of this Care Skills course, the participant will have achieved one of eight modules which lead to a Major Award in Healthcare Support Level 5


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