This two year part-time healthcare support worker course has been designed to provide continuing higher education for those working as support workers in health care settings. The primary aim of this healthcare course is to support the development of the Healthcare Support Workers (HCSW) workforce and to promote standards of care across all contexts of practice.
This course has been mapped to year one of the All Wales Nursing curriculum and therefore offers an opportunity to apply to progress into the second year of the nursing course (full time or new flexible route) upon successful completion. It can also facilitate promotion to Band 4 worker roles in the future.
Students complete 60 credits each year.
- The Fundamentals of Care and Professional Practice – 40 credits
- An Introduction to Evidence Based Practice – 20 credits
In year two, there is one core module Individual Professional Growth and one or two modules modules are chosen in accordance with your field of practice (adult, child, mental health or learning disability). Each module has explicit theoretical and clinical learning outcomes and will be supported by specific module documentation outlined in a week by week timetable of activities. This will be a live document; one that demands documentary evidence and engagement with the clinical mentor in planning clinical activities and theoretical work, evaluating progress and final assessment.
- Lifespan Growth and Development (child pathway) – 20 credits
- Child and Family Public Health (child pathway) – 20 credits
- Caring for the Adult Client (adult pathway) – 40 credits
- Development of Inter-Personal Relationships in Helping People with Mental Health Problems (mental health pathway)- 20 credits
- Bio-psychosocial Aspects of Health and Wellbeing (mental health and learning disability pathways)- 20 credits
- Meeting the Needs of People with a Learning Disability (learning disability pathway) – 20 credits
- Individual Professional Growth (all students) – 20 credits
You will be required to attend a minimum of eight study days over the duration of the course. While each module will be supported through study days the majority of the work will be managed by you with the support of academic staff and clinical mentors.
You will be assigned a clinical mentor from a local Health Board/Trust/employing organisation, as well as a personal tutor and academic supervisor.