This End of Life Care course has been designed especially for Distance Learning and for any health or social care worker who wishes to improve their knowledge and understanding of end of life care. It also has relevance to all types of care settings, including hospices, care homes, care in the community and primary care.
This qualification is also appropriate for those who have already achieved other sector-specific qualifications in the healthcare sector and need to apply their understanding in a palliative care context.
The qualification has been designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the emotive issues surrounding death and dying. It will help learners to develop their knowledge and understanding of palliative care and its place within end of life care, along with the support services available to the individual and others. Exploring common questions and themes in end of life care, this course aims to provide you with the knowledge and confidence to support your role in end of life situations. It’s important to confront issues associated with death in order to know how to manage them.
On this course you will:
Embrace a comprehensive overview of the emotive issues surrounding death and dying
Develop your knowledge and understanding of palliative care and its place within end of life care
Improve end of life practice
Learn how to support a person’s familial, spiritual, social and emotional needs
Acquire the knowledge to offer the very best emotional support and end of life care with our Level 3 NCFE CACHE course.
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Awarding body: NCFE CACHE
Our course code: X313
Qualification code: 501/0117/1
Official Qualification Title: NCFE Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of End of Life Care
CACHE stands for the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education, and are the leading specialist Awarding Organisation for the Care and Education Sector.
Up to 141 hours, which is around 30 minutes per day for 9 months.
The course is specially designed for study by distance learning. Throughout the course, there will be self-assessment questions, and tutor marked assignments (TMAs), to enable you to monitor your progress.
You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours. This is usually ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for a small fee, which also extends your tutor support.
To be awarding this Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of End of Life Care, you are required to successfully complete all five mandatory units.
Throughout this course, 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.
Your portfolio of evidence is internally assessed and externally quality assured.
This is an regulated, knowledge-only qualification. Therefore, no real work environment placement is required.
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.
That 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.
In 2015, NCFE acquired CACHE. As of September 2017, our CACHE courses will now be known as NCFE CACHE, and you will receive your certificate from both awarding bodies.
This qualification comes with NCFE CACHE Level 3 certification. NCFE CACHE have been developing courses in the childcare, education and healthcare sectors since 1945 and are 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.
Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to:
Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Safe Handling of Medicines
Level 2 Certificate in Dementia Care
Official Qualification Title -
NCFE Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of End of Life Care
Entry requirements -
You don't need any prior skills in the subject area to start, however, you will be required to be working in a care environment in order to complete this course due to the nature of the assessment questions, there is no requirement that this is full time or paid employment though.
Minimum Enrolment Age -
1:Understanding End of Life Care
Understand different attitudes to death and dying
Understand the aims of end of life care
Understand current approaches to end of life care
Know the range of support services available to individuals and their families
2:Communication During End of Life Care
Understand communication skills in the context of end of life care
Understand how to overcome barriers to communication
3:Assessment and Care Planning in the End of Life Care
Understand the holistic approach to end of life care
Understand person-centred assessment and planning
Understand advance care planning
4:Person-centred Approaches to End of Life Care
Understand the effects of symptoms in relation to end of life care
Understand a range of therapeutic options used to support effective symptom relief
Understand the principles of pain management
Understand techniques for supporting a client with their social needs
Understand how to support a person’s spiritual, religious and cultural needs
Understand techniques for supporting a person with their psychological and emotional needs
Understand people’s responses to dying
5:Care During the Final Hours of Live and Bereavement Care
Understand how to offer appropriate support in the final hours of life
Understand how to care for the deceased person
Understand the process of grief and loss
Understand how to support people following bereavement
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