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Choosing Optional Units for your NVQ

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NVQ Health and Social Care Units.

This is a task that you will be required to do at the beginning of your NVQ, shortly after registration forms have been completed. Your assessor should complete a skill scan with you which is a short discussion about your job role and activities you carry out regularly at work. This discussion should be recorded in a form called a skill scan; the format of the form differs from centre to centre.

Sometimes candidates think they can choose a unit that they would like to explore new skills and knowledge on but unfortunately this is not the main objective of going through an NVQ rather it is to assist you package your experience and competence on your job into a certificate for which you need sufficient, valid, reliable and authentic evidence. Therefore your choice of optional units should be based on what you do regularly and you can present evidence using different methods including direct observation at work by your NVQ Assessor.

See below a list of health and social care units option codes for both NVQ 2 and NVQ 3 (Adults) and their respective titles:

To gain the full NVQ health and social care Level 2 all four mandatory units and two optional units must be achieved, this makes a total of 6 units.

Health and Social Care Units for NVQ Level 2 (Mandatory Units)

HSC21: Communicate with, and complete records for individuals   

HSC22: Support the health and safety of yourself and individuals

HSC23: Develop your knowledge and practice

HSC24: Ensure your own actions support the care, protection and well-being of individuals

Health and Social Care Units for NVQ Level 2 (Optional Units)

HSC25: Carry out and provide feedback on specific plan of care activities

HSC26: Support individuals to access and use information

HSC27: Support individuals in their daily living

HSC28: Support individuals to make journeys

HSC29: Support individuals to meet their domestic and personal needs

HSC210: Support individuals to access and participate in recreational activities

HSC211: Support individuals to take part in development activities

HSC212: Support individuals during therapy sessions

HSC213: Provide food and drink for individuals

HSC214: Help individuals to eat and drink

HSC215: Help individuals to keep mobile

HSC216: Help address the physical comfort needs of individuals

HSC217: Undertake agreed pressure area care

HSC218: Support individuals with their personal care needs 

HSC219: Support individuals to manage continence

HSC220: Maintain the feet of individuals who have been assessed as requiring help with general foot care

HSC221: Assist in the administration of medication

HSC222: Support individuals prior to, during and after clinical procedures 

HSC223: Contribute to moving and handling individuals

HSC224: Observe, monitor and record the conditions of individuals

HSC225: Support individuals to undertake and monitor their own health care

HSC226: Support individuals who are distressed

HSC227: Contribute to working in collaboration with carers in the caring role

HSC228: Contribute to effective group care

HSC229: Gain access to, and ensure individuals’ homes are secure

HSC230: Manage environments and resources during clinical activities

HSC232: Protect yourself from the risk of violence at work

To gain the full NVQ Level 3 all four mandatory units and four optional units must be achieved, this makes a total of 8 units.

Health and Social Care Units for NVQ Level 3 (Mandatory Units)

HSC31: Promote effective communication for and about individuals

HSC32: Promote, monitor and maintain health, safety and security in the working environment

HSC33: Reflect on and develop your practice

HSC35: Promote choice, well being and the protection of all individuals

Level 3 Optional Units

HSC328: Contribute to care planning and review

HSC329: Contribute to planning, monitoring and reviewing the delivery of service for individuals

HSC330: Support individuals to access and use services and facilities

HSC331: Support individuals to develop and maintain social networks and relationships

HSC332: Support the social, emotional and identity needs of individuals

HSC333: Prepare your family and networks to support individuals requiring care

HSC334: Provide a home and family environment for individuals

HSC335: Contribute to the protection of individuals from harm and abuse

HSC336: Contribute to the prevention and management of abusive and aggressive behaviour

HSC337:  Provide frameworks to help individuals to manage challenging behaviour

HSC338: Carry out screening and referral assessment

HSC339: Carry out assessment to identify and prioritise needs

HSC340: Carry out comprehensive substance misuse assessment

HSC341: Help individuals address their substance use through an action plan

HSC342: Assess and act upon immediate risk of danger to substance users

HSC343: Support individuals to live at home

HSC344: Support individuals to retain, regain and develop the skills to manage their lives and environment.

HSC345: Support individuals to manage their financial affairs

HSC346: Support individuals to manage direct payments

HSC347: Help individuals to access employment

HSC348: Help individuals to access learning, training and development opportunities

HSC349: Enable individuals to access housing and accommodation

HSC350: Recognise, respect and support the spiritual well-being of individuals

HSC351: Plan, agree and implement development activities to meet individual needs

HSC352: Support individuals to continue therapies

HSC353: Interact with individuals using telecommunications

HSC354: Counsel Individuals about their substance use using recognised theoretical models

HSC355: Counsel groups of individuals about their substance use using recognised theoretical models

HSC356: Support individuals to deal with relationship problems

HSC357: Carry out extended feeding techniques to ensure individuals’ nutritional and fluid intake

HSC358: Identify the individual at risk of skin breakdown and undertake the appropriate risk assessment.

HSC360: Move and position individuals

HSC361: Prepare for and undertake physiological measurements

HSC362: Recognise indications of substance misuse and refer individual to specialists

HSC363: Test for substance use

HSC364: Identify the physical health needs of individuals with mental health needs

HSC365: Raise awareness about substances, their use and effects

HSC366: Support individuals to represent their own needs and wishes at decision-making forums.

HSC367: Help individuals identify and access independent representation and advocacy

HSC368: Present individuals’ needs and preferences

HSC369: Support individuals with specific communication needs

HSC370: Support individuals to communicate using technology

HSC371: Support individuals to communicate using interpreting and translation services

HSC372: Plan and implement programmes to enable individuals to find their way around familiar environments

HSC373: Plan and implement programmes to enable individuals to find their way around unfamiliar environments

HSC374: Provide first aid to an individual needing emergency assistance

HSC375: Administer medication to individuals

HSC376: Obtain venous blood samples

HSC377: Encourage and support individuals undergoing dialysis therapy at home

HSC378: Insert and secure urethral catheters and monitor and respond to the effects of urethral catheterisation

HSC379: Support individuals who are substance users

HSC380: Supply and exchange injecting equipment for individuals

HSC381: Support individuals through detoxification programmes

HSC382: Support individuals to prepare for, adapt to and manage change

HSC383: Prepare and support individuals to move and settle into new living environments

HSC384: Support individuals through bereavement

HSC385: Support individuals through the process of dying

HSC386: Assist in the transfer of individuals between agencies and services

HSC387: Work in collaboration with carers in the caring role

HSC388: Relate to families, parents and carers

HSC389: Work with carers, families and key people to maintain contact with individuals

HSC390: Support families in maintaining relationships in their wider social structures and environments

HSC391: Provide services to those affected by someone else’s substance use

HSC392: Work with families, carers and individuals during times of crisis

HSC393: Prepare, implement and evaluate agreed therapeutic group activities

HSC394: Contribute to the development and running of support groups

HSC395: Contribute to assessing and act upon risk of danger, harm and abuse

HSC396: Enable people with mental health needs to develop coping strategies

HSC397: Reinforce positive behavioural goals during relationships with individuals

HSC398: Contribute to assessing the needs of individuals for therapeutic programmes to enable them to manage their behaviour.

HSC399: Develop and sustain effective working relationships with staff in other agencies

HSC3100: Participate in inter-disciplinary team working to support individuals

HSC3101: Help develop community networks and partnerships

HSC3102: Work with community networks and partnerships

HSC3103: Contribute to raising awareness of health issues

HSC3104: Support the development of networks to meet assessed needs and planned outcomes.

HSC3105: Contribute to the recruitment and placement of volunteers

HSC3106: Plan, organise and monitor the work of volunteers

HSC3107: Lead and motivate volunteers

HSC3108: Facilitate learning through presentations and activities

HSC3109: Facilitate group learning

HSC3110: Support colleagues to relate to individuals

The following are Additional units which provide opportunities for professional development, and to meet employer needs for specific job roles. Candidates can’t use Additional Units instead of Optional Units, but they are available to candidates and their centres through their registration period. 

HSC3111:  Promote the equality, diversity, rights and responsibilities of individuals

HSC3112:  Support individuals to identify and promote their own health and social well being

HSC3119:  Promote the values and principles underpinning best practice

NB: Please note there are forbidden unit combinations; please check with your assessor before undertaking any combination.

Visit here for resources to help you with questions on NVQ health and social care units.

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