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Aim: To equip learners with the knowledge, skills and competencies required to apply a person centred focus to their work with people with disabilities in a variety of settings.

Participant Profile: Course is suitable for those who require a formal qualification and skills to work in a healthcare setting.

Duration: 5 days in a classroom setting. Learners will be required to complete work outside of class time.

Status: Elective Minor component

Credit Value: 15 credits of 120 credits required to achieve a major award in Healthcare Support 5M4339 and Health Service Skills 5M3782


Some of the learning outcomes include:

Identify issues arising from the language and stereotyping which is used in relation to people with disabilities

  1. List five valued experiences that can be used to evaluate the quality of support to individuals with a disability
  2. Define what is meant by a socially valued role
  3. Describe how working from a value base and philosophy that reflects a person centred approach has a positive impact on people receiving support
  4. Define what is meant by a medical model of support and a social model of support
  5. Outline the principles of a person centred focus to disability
  6. Outline the elements of good communication skills
  7. Adopt the use of people first language in their work practice
  8. Work with a person centred focus to empower individuals with a disability to make informed decisions about their day-to-day life
  9. Examine their role as an advocate for an individual with disability


Entry Requirement: Minimum of Level 4 certificate standard of education. Strong interest or working in providing quality care in a healthcare setting. A strong level of spoken and written English required.
Assessment: Assignment 40% Learner Record 60% Learners will receive assignment briefs and guidelines on completing these assessments.
Tutor Profile: All tutors are highly qualified and experienced healthcare experts.
Support: A range of accommodations and supports are available according to specific learner needs. One to one and email support available from tutors throughout the course.
Resources: Learners receive a comprehensive resource pack that can be used as a reference during and after the course.
Booking Process & Fee: Booking Form available by email to admin@barrowtraining.ie or online at www.barrowtraining.ie. Discounts available if the course is booked and paid in full online.
Transfer/progression: Successful completion enables the learner to transfer to programmes leading to other certificates where this component is a mandatory or an elective requirement at Level 5 & 6.

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