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Overview

Prior study is not a prerequisite - you just need a passion for the subject matter!

Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care is perfect for anyone wanting to gain a deeper understanding of the health and social care sector, and is excellent CPD material for those already working in a related field.

Throughout your studies, you will cover a wide range of highly relevant subject matter from a strategic and business perspective in addition to a care-centred one.

Materials

One of the key benefits of studying with Distance Learning Plus is that you get access to your full course materials online once you enrol.

You'll receive access to our Online Student Community where you'll be able to view your course materials, submit your work, contact your tutor, and interact with other learners via the online forums.

Requirements

A reasonable level of literacy is required, but there are no entry restrictions.

You just need a keen interest in the subject, and will ideally have studied the subject or ancillary disciplines at a lower level if you want to progress quickly.

Non-Regulated Qualification Endorsed by Focus Awards under the FQP Scheme

This is a non-regulated qualification endorsed by Focus Awards under their Focus on Quality Provision (FQP) Scheme.

Focus Awards is a member of the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB) and is regulated by Ofqual. Established 2011, Focus Awards is founded on three core values – Honesty, Integrity and Fairness – that underpin everything they do.

The FQP scheme is designed to give endorsement to non-regulated qualifications in a wide range of subjects. On successful completion you will receive a Focus Awards Certificate of Achievement and a certificate of completion from Distance Learning Plus.

Although the materials are comprehensive and informative, we do expect you to carry out your own investigations. After all, if you are not prepared to do your own research, you should be asking yourself if this is the right subject choice for you!

Although, there are no entry requirements, you do need a reasonable level of literacy to be able to both understand the concepts introduced, and get the most out of the materials.

Unit 1: Communication

Methods of Communication

Hearing Impairment

Factors that Support and Inhibit Communication

Non-verbal Communication

Factors Effecting Verbal Communication

Factors Affecting Written Communication

Factors Affecting Oral Verbal Communication

Communication Difficulties

Communication Barriers in Different Care Settings

Theories Relating to Communication

Unit 2: Promoting Quality Care

Rights and Responsibilities of Service Users

Children and Young People

Vulnerable Adults

Staying Safe

Facilitation of Access to Services

Value Systems

Physical Life Quality Factors

Psychological Life Quality Factors

Unit 3: Life Cycle & Disorders

Growth

Development

Life Expectancy

Factors Influencing Development

Genetic Factors

Unit 4: Theories of Development

Theories of Human Development

Psychodynamic Perspective

Biological Perspective

Humanist Perspective

Constructive Perspective

Behavioural Perspective

Social Learning Perspective

Language Acquisition

Theories of Personality Development

Evaluation of the Psychometric Explanation

Bowlby's Theory of Attachment

The Application of Theories to Aid the Understanding of Human Behaviour and Development

Childcare and Education services

Day or Residential Care settings for Adult

Unit 5: Quality of Life

Psychological factor

Conflicting Quality of Life Factors

Unit 6: Nutrition

Guideline Daily Amount (GDA)

Eating Disorders

Psychological

Biological

Social

Unit 7: Addiction

Addiction

Unit 8: Abuse

Staying Safe

Abuse and the Law

Sexual Offences Act 2003

Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Bill 2003

Rights of Victims

Unit 9: Mental Health

The Concept of Mental Health

Definition of Mental Health

Attitudes to Mental Disorder

History of Mental Illness

Definition of Mental Disorders

Major Symptoms and Causes

Schizophrenia (Greek meaning to split the mind)

Depression

Bipolar Affective Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Anxiety Disorder

Specific Phobias

Alcoholism

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)

Alzheimer’s

Obesity

Autism

Causes of Mental Illness

Genetics

Biochemical Factors

Socio-Environmental Influences and Life Events

Physical Influences

Post Natal depression or Post-Partum Depression

Societal Influences

Drug Related Disorders

Social Deprivation

Effects of Mental Illness

The Cost to Society of Mental Ill Health

Approaches of Treatment – Preventative and Coping Strategies

The Medical Model

Chemotherapy (Drugs)

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

Psychosurgery

Behavioural model

Systematic Desensitisation

Aversion Therapy

Behaviour Modification

The Cognitive Model

Modelling

Family Therapy

Psychoanalytic Approaches

Complementary Therapies

Exercise

Counselling and Psychotherapy

Setting Goals and Monitoring of Progression

Personal Goal Setting

Positive Coping Strategies

Regular Exercise

Healthy Diet

Caffeine/ Tannin

Relaxation Techniques

Sleep

Stress Management Techniques

Biofeedback

Support for Individuals with Mental Health Issues

Mental health practitioners

Music therapists

Charities Supporting Individuals with Mental Health Needs

The Empowerment of Service Users

Unit 10: Social Care Provision

Treating People Well

Practical Skills

Knowledge

Social

Emotional

Care Plans

Barriers to Care

Rights and Responsibilities of Service User

Social Services

Unit 11: Legislation

NHS and Community Care Act 1990

The Mental Health Act

The Mental Capacity Act

The Children Act 1989

The Children Act 2004

Every Child Matters

Childcare Act 2006

United Nations Convention in the Rights of the Child 1989

The Disability Discrimination Act

Race Relations Act 1976

When you have successfully completed your studies you will receive a certificate of achievement from Focus Awards.

This is a non-regulated qualification which is endorsed by Focus Awards under the FQP scheme. They are not nationally recognised qualifications; on successful completion of your studies you will receive a Focus Awards Certificate of Achievement and a certificate of completion from Distance Learning Plus.

Focus Awards is regulated as an Awarding Organisation by Ofqual, the qualification regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Non-regulated qualifications endorsed under the FQP scheme are ideal for professionals required to demonstrate commitment to CPD (Continuous Professional Development), and for those wanting to gain specialist knowledge of a particular subject.

Who is this for?

Anybody with a reasonable standard of general education will be able to cope with the academic demands. If you can read and write well enough to complete a job application, and have a good grasp of basic maths (add, subtract and divide) you should have no problems. The learning materials are written in simple everyday language and the answers to your assignments will be completed in the same style. In addition to the comprehensive learning materials provided, you will receive a Study Guide to assist you, and, of course, you will have the support of your tutor.

What will I cover?

Your studies will cover the areas of study listed above through detailed exploration of the subject matter. You will also receive tasks and prompts for further personal exploration and research to carry out so that you can gauge how much you have learned. There are plenty of examples to help you but personal research is a prerequisite, so be prepared to use your initiative to fully answer the assignments.

Is it accredited?

This is a non-regulated qualification endorsed by Focus Awards under the FQP scheme.

Although the learning materials are comprehensive and informative, we do expect you to carry out your own investigations. After all, if you are not prepared to do your own research, you should be asking yourself if this is the right subject choice for you!

Your work is not graded; assignments are simply identified as Pass, Fail or Referred. For assignments not passed at first attempt, your tutor will advise on the improvements to be made to obtain a Pass on a reworking. A certificate of achievement will be issued by Focus Awards on successful completion of all the assignments.

Is this a nationally recognised qualification?

No, this is a non-regulated qualification which has been endorsed by Focus Awards under their FQP scheme

What will my studies prepare me for?

The learning materials and accompanying tasks will help you to develop the necessary knowledge and confidence to successfully complete the tutor marked assignments. The tasks are designed to encourage you to apply your knowledge, and help you to develop relevant research and academic writing skills.

If I fail an assignment can I retake it?

Yes, your tutor will ask you to resubmit your assignment and give you some pointers as to where you could improve.

How do I send in my work?

You email your assignments one at a time for marking. This enables your tutor to properly assess the standard and style of your work for each section, and give you feedback which will be used on your next assignment; a process of continuous improvement. On obtaining feedback and comment you will either move on to the next assignment or review and rework the one you submitted.

What do I receive once I enrol?

You will receive login details to our Online Student Community. Here you will be able to access your course materials, contact your tutor, submit your work, and interact with other learners via the online forums.

Is there a time limit or any deadlines?

Your studies should be completed within 12 months, but can be extended for a small fee if your tutor supports your request. As a rough guide, depending on your circumstances and commitment, you can complete your studies in about 100 study hours. There are no other deadlines to meet.

Is there a word count for my assignments?

Although a word count is not given for the tutor marked assignments, it is important that you demonstrate to your tutor that you have fully understood the questions; a comprehensive Study Guide is included with your materials. Many students start slowly at first, but your tutor will give guidance to help and encourage you to improve.

Do I need a computer to complete my studies?

Yes, you will need access to email and the internet to access your materials, submit assignments and do research. Most students also find word-processing their assignments is much more convenient than writing by hand.

Are the learning materials paper-based or online?

All of the learning materials are online. You will receive a login to the online student community when you enrol, where you will be able to access the full set of materials and assessment tasks for your course.

Why did you decide to become a nurse?

I moved into nursing quite ‘late on’. I left school at 16 and worked as a receptionist for 15 years at a surgery; although it was something I was good at, I felt that I needed a change and I wanted to be able to help people.

I knew that I wanted to become a nurse but I was unsure if it would even be possible because I did not have any qualifications in the area. I enrolled on an evening course at my local college, to study health and social care level 2, and also asked a nurse colleague at work if I could shadow her on my days off. After completing my level 2 studies, I moved on to level 3 and had the opportunity to get work experience in a range of different settings. It was during this experience that I realised that I preferred working with adults, so when I applied to university, it was for a BSc (Hons) in adult nursing.

I had to leave work in order to study as it was a 3 year full-time course; I was sad to leave my colleagues but I also knew I was moving in the right direction.

I spent 50% of my time on placement, which I loved and the remaining time attending university lectures and workshops.

How much can I earn?

The starting salary for graduate nurses is typically £21,388, rising to £27,901, although this is likely to be higher for those living in London.

For nurses at senior level (bands 7-9 in the NHS), salaries range from £30, 764 - £98,453.

Working as a nurse can involve working unsociable hours, but payment is made for this to NHS staff. For those working on a Sunday or public holidays for example, salaries are paid at time plus 60%.

Career Progression

When nurses first begin in their careers, they are subject to a supported probationary period; after successfully completing this, the majority of nurses in acute hospital settings can progress from staff nurse positions to junior sister / charge nurse within 2 – 3 years.

Depending on the development of management skills and specialist knowledge, there are also opportunities for progression to specialist clinical roles, or matron, or director of nursing positions.

Monthly Subscription Plans

We have a number of innovative subscription plans available to sort all budgets and support needs.

Simply choose your course and subscription package; your first payment will be taken by credit or debit card when you enrol, with subsequent payments due by monthly direct debit until you complete your studies

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Overview

Prior study is not a prerequisite - you just need a passion for the subject matter!

Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care is perfect for anyone wanting to gain a deeper understanding of the health and social care sector, and is excellent CPD material for those already working in a related field.

Throughout your studies, you will cover a wide range of highly relevant subject matter from a strategic and business perspective in addition to a care-centred one.

Materials

One of the key benefits of studying with Distance Learning Plus is that you get access to your full course materials online once you enrol.

You'll receive access to our Online Student Community where you'll be able to view your course materials, submit your work, contact your tutor, and interact with other learners via the online forums.

Requirements

A reasonable level of literacy is required, but there are no entry restrictions.

You just need a keen interest in the subject, and will ideally have studied the subject or ancillary disciplines at a lower level if you want to progress quickly.

Non-Regulated Qualification Endorsed by Focus Awards under the FQP Scheme

This is a non-regulated qualification endorsed by Focus Awards under their Focus on Quality Provision (FQP) Scheme.

Focus Awards is a member of the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB) and is regulated by Ofqual. Established 2011, Focus Awards is founded on three core values – Honesty, Integrity and Fairness – that underpin everything they do.

The FQP scheme is designed to give endorsement to non-regulated qualifications in a wide range of subjects. On successful completion you will receive a Focus Awards Certificate of Achievement and a certificate of completion from Distance Learning Plus.

Although the materials are comprehensive and informative, we do expect you to carry out your own investigations. After all, if you are not prepared to do your own research, you should be asking yourself if this is the right subject choice for you!

Although, there are no entry requirements, you do need a reasonable level of literacy to be able to both understand the concepts introduced, and get the most out of the materials.

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