Adult social care is a booming industry, and it’s growing every year – by 2025, it’s estimated that 2.63 million workers will be needed to fill roles within this sector. If you’d love to become a champion of health and social care and take on a wonderfully fulfilling role in helping those who need it most, this accredited course will get you there.
NCFE CACHE Level 3 Adult Care Diploma: what you’ll learn
You’ll learn how to promote the health, safety, and wellbeing of the people you care for, as well as how to minimise pain and discomfort. You’ll examine important issues such as safeguarding and protection, and infection and prevention. Above all, you’ll learn how to treat the people you look after with dignity, respect, and compassion. As you learn, you’ll gain practical experience with a placement in an adult care setting, giving you the fully rounded education you’ll need to practice with confidence.
This Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care is ideal for anyone wishing to work at a residential home, a day centre, domiciliary care, or within clinical healthcare. You’ll enjoy the freedom to study in your own time, at your own pace, with engaging learning materials.
In this NCFE CACHE Adult Care course, you will:
- Develop the knowledge needed to work in the healthcare sector
- Examine the fundamental topics and subjects in health and social care
- Gain practical work experience that’ll give you the advantage on certification
- Thrive under expert supervision through your assignments at your own pace
What you'll learn
Unit 1 - Promote equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights in care settings
This unit explores the concepts of equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights which are fundamental in an adult care setting. You’ll be able to summarise the legislation, policies and codes of practise and how they influence your role.
Unit 2 - Handling information in Adult care
In the second unit, you’ll study the legislation and codes of practise that relate to information handling within social care, such as the Data Protection Act and GDPR. You’ll also learn the correct way to handle information yourself when performing your duties, and how to keep records in line with the Caldicott Principles.
Unit 3 - Promote own continuous personal and professional development
Firstly, you’ll learn exactly what it means to be a competent adult care professional, and how to evaluate your own performance and develop in your role through feedback from others. You’ll also gain an understanding of how to identify objectives for your professional development, and how to work alongside others to create a personal and professional development plan. You’ll also learn the benefits and scope of ‘reflective practise’, which involves keeping a journal of your observations and ideas.
Unit 4 - Person centred practise, choice and independence
In unit four, you’ll learn how to work in a person-centred way, and why it’s so important. You’ll also consider the best ways to establish consent when providing care or support, implement and promote active participation, and support the individual’s right to make choices. You’ll also study the importance of risk-assessment, and how to promote the wellbeing of the adults you care for.
Unit 5 - Understand how to promote personal wellbeing
You’ll be encouraged to consider your own personal wellbeing and the impact this can have on a range of factors. You’ll look at how it can affect others, your own practise and your own health. Here you’ll also explore different strategies to manage stress and the sources of support to maintain wellbeing.
Unit 6 - Promote health and safety in care settings
In unit six, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills required to promote and implement health, safety and wellbeing in the workplace. Here you’ll be able to identify health and safety legislation, policies and procedures whilst demonstrating safe practices.
Unit 7 - Infection prevention and control in a care setting
Introduce yourself to national and local policies in relation to infection control, as well as the responsibilities of both the employer and the employee. You’ll look at how to minimise the risks of infection outbreak, as well as how to use PPE correctly and maintain a high level of personal hygiene.
Unit 8 - Support positive risk-taking for an individual
It’s important to understand that people with disabilities have the same rights as everyone else when it comes to taking risk, and in this unit, you’ll learn how to approach this matter in a positive and person-centred fashion. You’ll also understand how to support the people in your care when it comes to risk taking, and understand your duty of care.
Unit 9 - Move and position individuals in accordance with their care plan
Next, you’ll take a look at some of the current legislation and national guidelines which relate to moving and positioning adults in your care. You’ll examine the relevant anatomy and physiology, understand how to minimise risk, and discover when to seek advice and assistance from others.
Unit 10 - Managing pain and discomfort
Moving on, you’ll discover how to assess and monitor pain and discomfort, and take a look at some approaches to pain management. You’ll also discover how to record and report on an individual’s pain levels, in order to effectively communicate with other staff members.
Unit 11 - Causes and spread of infection
In this unit you’ll come to understand the causes of infection and common illnesses that may occur as a result of poor practises. You’ll be able to identify the difference between both infection and colonisation and pathogenic and non-pathogenic organisms, the areas of infection and the types
caused by different organisms. You’ll also explore the methods of transmission, the conditions needed for organisms to grow, the ways infection enters the body, and key factors that may lead to infection occurring.
Unit 12 - Cleaning, decontamination and waste management
Study the correct ways of maintaining a clean environment in accordance with national policies. You’ll discover how to decontaminate an area due to risk of infection, and good practice when dealing with waste materials.
Unit 13 - Promote communication in care settings
Here you’ll study the central importance of communication in adult care and ways to overcome barriers to meet individual needs and preference in communication.
Unit 14 - Support the health and wellbeing of individuals in a care setting
Learn the importance of maintaining health and wellbeing in an adult care setting. Including the relationship between identity, self-image and self-esteem and the impact on an individual’s wellbeing. This unit highlight how to access a range of services and resources and the early indicators of physical and mental health deterioration. Understand how to use the appropriate tools to monitor and report these changes.
Unit 15 - Scope and responsibilities of an adult care worker
Understand the nature of working relationships to work in ways that are agreed with the employer and work in partnership with others.
Unit 16 - Understand duty of care
Learn to address dilemmas and conflicts that may arise where there is a duty of care and how to respond to comments and complaints. You’ll also learn how to recognise adverse events, incidents, errors and near misses and to prevent their occurrence in the future.
Unit 17 - Understand how to safeguard individuals
Aimed at those working in any setting where an adult may be accessing care or support. Learn the important areas of safeguarding individuals from different types of abuse, how to recognise the risks and the best practise if abuse is suspected or disclosed.
Unit 18 - Understand mental capacity and restrictive practises
Uncover the legislation and underpinning principles surrounding mental capacity in adult care. You’ll explore the role in applying these principles in practise whilst developing an awareness of how restrictive practice may occur and recognising when and how to raise concerns.
Unit 19 - Support individuals with specific communication needs
Here you’ll learn how to support individuals with specific communication needs. You’ll gain the knowledge and skills to help you address personal interaction and the use of special methods and aids to promote communication.
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At the end of this course, successful learners will receive the following qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Adult 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.
Potential Employment Settings: After you’ve completed this course, you could apply for roles in a variety of settings, including:
- Residential/nursing homes
- Domiciliary care
- Day centres
- Clinical healthcare
Further Study: There are also plenty of options should you want to move on to further study. The following courses are ideal progression routes in adult care:
- Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care
- Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services
Alternatively, you may opt for qualifications in management, lead practitioner roles or a specialist course relating to your place of work.
How is this course assessed or examined?
This Level 3 diploma is designed to provide you with everything you need to develop professionally as an adult care worker and to expand the career opportunities available to you.
As you progress on this course, you will demonstrate your ability to work at Level 3 and to take a lead role working with adults in a health and social care setting. Your skills will be assessed in a variety of ways, such as through written assignments and a work-based portfolio of evidence. You will also be assessed by observations, which should take place during your normal routine. Your Oxbridge tutor will sign off your observations, as well as mark your assignments. To successfully achieve this diploma, learners must gain a total of 58 credits across all units.
Your performance in the workplace can be assessed by a workplace assessor who has held a supervisory role for over two years and has a level 3 Health and Social Care qualification, or a colleague who holds both a Level 3 Health and Social Care qualification and an assessing qualification such as A1 or CAVA. Oxbridge will verify the suitability of your assessor, and we offer free guidance on how to observe and write in a format suitable for marking by your tutor. An Oxbridge assessor can also be provided for you if required, for an additional fee. Find out more about what’s required of an assessor here.
When you submit your written work, you will be required to include a bibliography using clear citations and references. You will also need to provide documentation of your work, such as an evidence record, and a log of placement hours. Your tutor will explain exactly what is needed.
In order to achieve this qualification, you must be at least 16 years old and working, volunteering or on practical placement as you will need to show competence in both knowledge and skills.