Course Information

Who is the course for?

The Certificate in Understanding End of Life Care is the ideal programme for individuals working, or intending to work, in health care and social care, looking to improve their knowledge and understanding of end of life care to support their role.

The programme covers a range of topics including the support needed to manage pain and discomfort, how dementia impacts on end of life care, the role of the care worker at time of death and the loss and grief process.

What does the course involve?

Workbook 1 – Working in end of life care, managing pain, discomfort and dementia. This workbook assess your knowledge and understanding when beginning to work in end of life care. It provides you with the knowledge and skills to provide support for managing pain and discomfort. It also enables you to understand how the condition of dementia impacts on an individual’s end of life care.

Workbook 2 – Understanding loss and grief in end of life care and the role of the care worker in time of death. This workbook aims to enable you to understand the role of the care worker at time of death. It also aims to enable you to understand the processes of loss and grief and your impact on the individual receiving care, significant others and care workers.

What makes this course special?

  • Upon successful completion you will have achieved a nationally recognised, QCF listed qualification at Level 2.
  • There is no need to formally attend a college, meaning that you can learn in your own time, at a pace that suits you.
  • Receive a set of high-quality learner support materials that will be yours to keep and use as a reference.
  • Further your personal and professional development.
  • Can evidence to the Care Quality Commission that the care service, employees and individuals are successfully meeting governance requirements.
  • Receive support and guidance from a dedicated team.

Placements/Work Placements

This technical knowledge –based qualification is designed to be assessed via the provided workbooks and can be undertaken either through independent, home or work based study. The evidence must at all times reflect the current national guidelines alongside local policies and procedures where applicable or as informed by current legislation, the relevant codes of conduct and service standards for the sector.

What are the assessment methods?

Upon enrolment you will be provided with learner support materials that will give you the knowledge and understanding required to undertake the assessments. To be awarded the qualification you need to successfully complete all of the workbooks.

As you work through the learning materials you will have the support of a knowledgeable assessor/tutor who will give you support, advice and guidance on the course content as well as providing robust feedback on the work you complete. Upon successful completion of the course you will be awarded the Certificate in Understanding End of Life Care Level 2.

How long is the course?

You can start flexibly at any time during the year with an expectation that you will complete within six months of starting.

What are the College attendance requirements?

Attendance at College is not required as the qualification as this programme can be undertaken through independent, home or work based study.

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