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What’s it all about?

The purpose of this qualification is to increase your awareness and understanding of falls and their prevention which will support you to progress into, or within, employment in healthcare or social care settings.

You need to be aged 19 or over to apply for this course. Although there are no formal entry requirements for this course, it would be beneficial to support your studies if you held a Maths and/or English qualification or are working towards this. You may also find it helpful if you have already achieved a Level 1 qualification in healthcare or social care.

This qualification is assessed via an internally assessed and externally verified portfolio of evidence. You will be required to produce a portfolio, and will participate in a range of teaching, learning and assessment strategies to include individual and group work activities and tasks, essays, leaflets, mini presentations, workshops, booklets, posters and discussions. There are no exams.

This is a knowledge-only qualification, therefore no real work environment placement is required.

This qualification is aimed at anyone working in a healthcare or social care environment, particularly those that support, or have contact with, older people who have an increased propensity to falls.

In addition to attending your session it is expected that you work independently outside of session hours to complete your portfolio and assessments.

This course will run one day per week for 3 hours per week (blended delivery).

The aims of this qualification are to enable you to gain knowledge and understanding of:

- The impact and consequences of a fall
- Risks and hazards which contribute to falls
- Reducing the risk of falls.

You will also explore the importance of recording and reporting any incidence of falls to ensure that interventions can be put in place to reduce risk and reoccurrence of falls.

The qualification is made up of four mandatory units:

- Unit 01 Falls in context
- Unit 02 Understand the risk factors and causes of falls
- Unit 03 Falls assessment and prevention
- Unit 04 Managing falls


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