End of life care workers help to ensure that patients’ final wishes are fulfilled, and provide emotional, physical, social and spiritual support. Whilst someone is approaching their last days or weeks, palliative care provides a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death, enhancing quality of life right to the end. By choosing a career in end of life care, you’ll play a truly vital role in supporting the patient and their family at every stage of this difficult journey.
The world needs more compassionate support workers to take care of our most vulnerable, so if you’d like to step up to the plate, this level 3 certificate in end of life care course is a great starting point. You’ll explore different attitudes towards death and dying, gain an understanding of how to overcome communication barriers at the end of life, create a person-centred approach to palliative care, and offer appropriate support throughout the bereavement process.
What you'll learn
Unit 1 - Understanding End of Life Care
Our own experiences in life can alter our perceptions of death, whether it’s how much we have had to deal with it ourselves, or if we have had to see friends experience it. This unit will help you to understand different attitudes to death and dying, the aims of end of life care, current approaches to end of life care, as well as taking you through the range of support services available to individuals and their families.
Unit 2 - Communication During End of Life Care
We all use communication every single day, but when it comes to end of life care it is hugely important. You will understand communication skills in the context of end of life care, and understand the barriers to communication at the end of the unit.
Unit 3 - Assessment and Care Planning in the End of Life Care
This unit aims to give you an understanding of the person-centred approach to assessment and care planning within end of life care and the legal implications of any advance care planning decisions.
Unit 4 - Person-centred Approaches to End of Life Care
This unit will inform you of the person-centred approach to end of life care and how it ensures that the individual’s physical, emotional, social and cultural needs are met.
Unit 5 - Care During the Final Hours of Live and Bereavement Care
Everyone is going to reach the end of their life at some stage, when this time comes, it is important to understand how important care is in the final hours or someone’s life. This unit allow you to understand this, whilst providing you with the processes of loss and grief, how to support those who are bereaved and how to cope with feelings of stress and grief.
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At the end of this course, successful learners will receive the following qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of End of Life Care. This means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to Level 3 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
NCFE CACHE has been developing courses in the childcare, education and healthcare sectors since 1945 and is one of the most reputable awarding bodies for qualifications in the UK and overseas. Practitioners working in these areas are much more employable having gained NCFE CACHE certification and many employers specifically ask for their qualifications when taking on members of staff.
How is this course assessed or examined?
Throughout this course, you'll be assessed with appropriate tasks to demonstrate achievement of all the learning outcomes associated with each unit. The assessment method will consist of a portfolio of evidence that should prepare the learner for real-life situations that they may face in employment.
You may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, presentations, video/audio recordings, and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack, detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.
This is a regulated qualification that is internally assessed and externally quality assured.
There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English. There is a minimum study age of 16.