Topic outline

  • BTEC L3 Health and Social Care
  • Topic 1

    Unit 1 Deveoping effective communication in H&S care

    Health and social care professionals require good communication skills in order to carry out their roles effectively. It is important for you to gain knowledge and understanding of the skills involved in communication, so you are able to develop and enhance your interpersonal skills.

    This unit enables you to explore and develop the skills of effective interpersonal interaction and communication essential to the operation of health and social care services. It will enable you to analyse factors that enhance and inhibit communication and to examine effective interpersonal skills. You will also explore the value of effective and varied types and styles of communication in the support of patients/service users. The unit encourages you to reflect on your own performance and that of others.

    Learning outcomes

    On completion of this unit, you should:

    1. Understand effective communication and interpersonal interaction in health and social care
    2. Understand factors that influence communication and interpersonal interactions in health and social care environments
    3. Understand ways to overcome barriers in a health and social care environment
    4. Be able to communicate and interact effectively in a health and social care environment.
  • Topic 2

    Unit 2 Equality, diversity and rights in H&S care
  • Topic 3

    Unit 3 Health, safety and security in H&S care

    Your assessment for this unit needs to reflect health and social care scenarios so that you can begin to gain an understanding of the health, safety and security of individuals in a health and social care context. You have been asked to provide a training pack so that new recruits into health and social care have an awareness of health, safety and security.

    Learning outcomes

    On completion of this unit, you should:

    1. Understand potential hazards in health and social care

    2. Know how legislation, policies and procedures promote health, safety and security in health and social care settings

    3. Be able to implement a risk assessment

    4. Understand priorities and responses in dealing with incidents and emergencies

  • Topic 4

    Unit 11 Supporting and protecting adults (old spec)

    This unit aims to develop your understanding of the differing needs of people who use health and social care services. You will gain understanding of how to develop supportive relationships that respect individual rights, and also an understanding of how such relationships can be abused within health and social care contexts, and the strategies that have been developed to minimise this abuse.

    You will investigate types of commonly described abuse, the indicators that abuse may be occurring, and also the potential for abuse within health and social care services. You will examine predisposing factors that can lead to individuals becoming vulnerable, and gain understanding of strategies and working practices developed to minimise abuse, including legislation, policies and procedures.

    Learning outcomes

    On completion of this unit, you should:

    1. Know how to develop supportive relationships with adult users of health and

    2. social care services

    3. Understand types of abuse and indicators of abuse in health and social care

    4. Contexts

    5. Understand the potential for abuse in health and social care contexts

    6. Understand working strategies to minimise abuse.

  • Topic 5

    Unit 12 Public Health (old spec)

    This unit will help you to begin to understand public health, which is concerned with protecting and improving the health of the population, rather than with individual health. It is therefore important that practitioners working in the health and social care sectors are aware of the implications of public health on services and patients/service users. They need to be able to consider the reasons for improving public health for both individuals and wider society.

    In this unit you will develop an understanding of the role of public health systems, their origin and development, and the range of key groups in influencing public health policy. You will also identify current patterns of ill health and consider factors affecting health in the United Kingdom. The unit also gives you an opportunity to consider different methods of promoting and protecting public health, in terms of health education, specific protection, and environmental measures.

    Learning outcomes

    On completion of this unit, you should:

    1. Understand public health strategies in the UK and their origins

    2. Understand current patterns of ill health and factors affecting health in the UK

    3. Understand methods of promoting and protecting public health.

  • Topic 6

    Unit 20 Health education (old spec)

    This unit will introduce you to the principles of health education, the approaches used and to health education campaigns. Health education is a central component of health promotion, which in turn is a major component of public health.

    Learning outcomes

    On completion of this unit, you should:

    1. Understand different approaches to health education

    2. Understand models of behaviour change

    3. Know how health education campaigns are implemented.