Training in health and social care is available at different levels, with those just getting started in the field typically taking a Level 2 course. People who would like to be qualified for management-level positions or those with lower level health and social care diplomas may want to consider a qcf level 5 health and social care diploma. This additional coursework can provide a number of career benefits.
Students will learn the necessary skills for care facility management, such as planning and reviewing care programs, assessing the needs of individual patients, procuring necessary supplies, effective governance, managing risk, and domiciliary care management. The course can be mainly focused on running facilities for children and young people or running facilities for adults, as each of these populations has somewhat different needs, or, for those who don’t manage staff, there’s an adult’s advanced practice pathway. A total of 90 credits needs to be earned within no more than 18 months to finish the course, with some students being able to complete the course in 9 to 12 months.
Those who want to run children’s homes or adult residential programs in England or Wales must have this qualification. However, it can also be helpful for supervisors, team leaders, nurses, social workers, case workers, people working in adoption or foster care settings, care home managers, residential wardens, volunteer managers, and youth and community workers. Additional qualifications are especially useful for those who are looking for more responsibilities or supervisory or management positions in this field.
Students need to be at least 19 years old and should have experience working in a care setting, managing staff, leading meetings, and performing care reviews and risk assessments. Those without this type of experience may want to try for a Level 2, 3, or 4 qualification in the same field to progress to a position that gives them more responsibility before attempting this diploma course. For those who need a flexible learning schedule, this course is available from multiple providers in an e-learning format, making it possible to do the coursework on the student’s schedule.