BTEC HND Health and Social care
The Edexcel BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) is a highly regarded, nationally and internationally
recognised, undergraduate level programme, equivalent to the first and second year of a university
degree course. The course is Level 5 on the National Qualifications Framework and has been designed
to equip you with knowledge, understanding and skills for employment in Health & Social Care, both
in the UK and overseas. This qualification meets and exceeds the national minimum standard of
qualification set by the Care Quality Commission for those practising in Health & Social Care in the UK
BTEC HND Skill Development
Edexcel Learners will be expected to develop the following skills during the programme of study:
• Analysing, synthesising and summarising information critically
• The ability to read and use appropriate literature with a full and critical understanding
• The ability to think independently and solve problems
• Obtaining and integrating several lines of subject-specific evidence to formulate and test hypotheses
• Applying subject knowledge and understanding to address familiar and unfamiliar problems
• Developing the ability to recognise the moral and ethical issues of health and social care practice and
research; appreciating the need for ethical standards and professional codes of conduct.
• Developing an appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of health and social care service provision
• Leadership and management within multi disciplinary teams and enhanced interagency working.
• Designing, planning, conducting and reporting on aspects of current research and government
initiatives that affect the Health and Social Care Sector
• The capacity to give a clear and accurate account of a subject, assemble arguments in a mature way
and engage in debate and dialogue both with specialists and non-specialists
6 Core Modules- HND Health and social care
Unit 2- Principles of Health and Social Care Practice
Unit 3- Health and Safety in the Health and Social Care Environment
Unit 5- Working in Partnership in Health and Social Care
10 specialist modules- HND health and social care
Unit 8 The Sociological Context of Health and Social Care
Unit 14 Managing Human Resources in Health and Social Care
Unit 15 Psychology for Health and Social Care
Unit 16 Understanding Specific Needs in Health and Social Care
Unit 18 Complementary Therapies
Unit 19 Contemporary Issues in Health and Social Care
Unit 23 Employability Skills
Unit 29 Health Promotion
Intended learning outcomes- BTEC HND Health and social care units
Communicating in Health and Social care Organisations:
This module looks at different forms of communication used in the context of health and social care settings. This includes IT skills; contribution of communication to service delivery; communication within organisations; legal frameworks surrounding the recording of information; and use of information technology as a communication tool in health and social care.
Principles of Health and Care Practice:
Formal and informal mechanisms; promoting equality; rights and diversity, principles of care in an organisation; value base of care; formal measures adopted to achieve objectives; instilling concept within the workforce; personal strategies which can influence personal practice and performance of others; roles and responsibilities of experienced staff and managers in promoting a value-based service
Health and Safety in the Health and Social Care Workplace:
Current legislation and how it is applied and monitored within the sector; importance of risk assessment in the provision of care, including physical, emotional or sexual harm; the difference between high-risk and low-risk situations; realise own limits; regulation and management of the social care workforce.
Personal and professional Development in Health and Social Care:
This unit provides learners with an opportunity to develop as reflective practitioners. A minimum of 200 hours of work experience will be completed in order to achieve the unit. This practice will provide the basis of evidence for assessment of the unit. Learners’ practice, observations and learning in the workplace will be supplemented with wider understanding and knowledge from all parts of the course. Evidence of learning will be presented through a portfolio that reflects the learner’s ability as a reflective practitioner. Planning, monitoring and revision of personal development plans would be appropriate evidence for achieving personal targets and learning outcomes. Evidence from workplace settings should be validated and authenticated by appropriately qualified expert witnesses
Working in Partnership in Health and Social Care:
Legislation and policy; levels of partnership; range of knowledge theories and research findings; empowerment; positive and negative outcomes; agencies; provision; statutory and voluntary, not-forprofit and private provision; the nature of the health/social care sector; adaptations to meet the needs of individuals using health and social care services; concept of stakeholder analysis; development of systems and products; developing and reviewing standards; concept of quality and how it can be applied to services; principles of organisation-wide commitment to best practice
This unit is designed to develop understanding and confidence in the use of techniques and methods appropriate for research in health and social care. Learners will be expected to consider the elements that make up formal research, including the proposal, and methodologies. They will also action plan carry out the research and presenting their findings. Learners will also consider ethical aspects of formal research. The topic of the research project is dependent on the learner’s focus of interest within the context of their programme of study and experience in health and social care, with due regard to ethical constraints of research in this sector. The unit gives learners the opportunity to draw together learning from several aspects of their study into a coherent holistic piece of work that makes a positive contribution to their area of interest. Learners should seek approval from their tutors before starting the study Practice interventions: The professional relationship with users of health and social care services; ensuring best outcomes for individuals; supporting needs of users of specific services; working in teams; communication skills; counselling skills; developing the practice of other workers; leadership, understanding different behaviours; social and psychological theory in practice intervention.
Legislative measures and their application to health and social care practice and services; impact of political perspectives including statutory, voluntary and not-for-profit sectors; use of current issues in health and social care to examine theoretical perspectives; direct/indirect impact of social policy on health/social care.
The Sociological Context of Health and Social Care: Sociological perspectives:
Groups in society, role of the community; diversity of cultural and social values; economic, demographic and commercial factors; resource limitations; individual perspectives; impact of political perspectives on health/social care services, formation of social policy, legislative measures; theoretical perspectives on contemporary issues.
Safeguarding in Health and Social Care:
The foundation of this module is to understand the different types of abuse that can occur within the community. Studying the signs of abuse and factors that can contribute towards individuals being vulnerable, followed by identifying legislation and policies that are in place and how professionals work within the guidelines and professional standards to safeguard both practitioners and users of health and social care services.
The multi-agency approach will be considered and at the strategies that are in place for all health and social care professionals to work together to minimise occurrences of abuse in health and social care contexts. Finally the effectiveness of these working practices and strategies will be considered.
Managing Human resources in Health and Social Care:
In this unit learners will investigate the processes involved in the management of individuals in the health and social care workplace. This not only includes the recruitment of the most appropriate personnel but importantly the support of employees in carrying out their work effectively in teams and developing their knowledge and skills so that they can contribute to the delivery of a quality service. Learners will contextualise these elements within the relevant legal and policy frameworks. In addition, learners will explore the influence of management style and organisational factors on the effectiveness of teams
Psychology for Health and Social Care: Psychological perspectives:
Concepts of social psychology; lifespan development; social and biological influences on behaviour, maintaining social functioning; influence of psychological theories on health and social care services.
Understanding Specific Needs in Health and Social Care:
Because meeting the diverse demands of individuals with specific requirements is integral to the work of our health and social care services, learners considering a career in these fields will need to know the ways that services respond to these demands. Learners will find out how a specific need is defined and how perceptions of individuals with such needs are influenced and can change over time. The care requirements of individuals with specific needs will be investigated, together with the way in which legislation, organisations and services support such needs. Learners will have the opportunity to develop understanding of the impact the approaches and interventions have on individuals (particularly those who display challenging behaviour) and how, in turn, their needs affect the ways that services are provided. Whilst learners will be able to develop an overview of the range of specific needs, they may focus their study on those special needs relevant to their employment, voluntary work or placement.
The aim of this unit is to provide an understanding of the delivery and usage of a range of complementary therapies and in particular to compare this to conventional medicine. Learners will consider the principles behind complementary therapies commonly used in health and social care and will assess the advantages and disadvantages associated with their use. Learners will analyse the evidence for their benefits to health and wellbeing as well as identify contraindications and health and safety issues in relation to their use. They will also evaluate the effectiveness of regulations in place for different therapies and their practitioners
This unit will develop learners’ understanding of factors that can influence the public debate on matters relating to health and social care. Learners will analyse the methods used to bring information to the public arena for debate, and the validity and reliability of that information. Class debate and discussion may be used to analyse the factors that affect the development of public opinion. Learners will explore how a range of health and social care issues are presented in the media and then monitor the development of a particular issue over time. Learners will develop a portfolio of media coverage on the specific issue of interest, and analyse the interrelationships between public opinion of the issue and the development of related social policy.
All learners, regardless of their level of education or experience, require honed employability skills in order to successfully enter the health and social care sector. This unit gives learners an opportunity to assess and develop an understanding of their own responsibilities and performance in or when entering the workplace. It covers the skills required for general employment such as interpersonal and transferable skills, and the dynamics of working with others in teams or groups including leadership and communication skills. It also deals with the everyday working requirement of problem solving which includes the identification or specification of the ‘problem’, strategies for its solution and then evaluation of the results of the solution through reflective practices
Practitioners who work in health and social care require an understanding of the influences on the health of the individuals with whom they work. This unit will provide learners with the knowledge and understanding of pertinent issues and also factors which prevent some individuals from accessing health support. Learners will investigate a range of influences on health and also reasons for the varied success of health promotion campaigns and strategies.
Reference is made to the role of national and regional strategies and professionals. Theories of health behaviour are examined and linked with government strategies to improve the health of individuals in society. Potential conflicts between local industry and health promotion are considered, for example antismoking campaigns and parents employed within the tobacco industry. Learners are invited to plan a health promotion campaign for a specific group in society, which could be conducted within their own workplace in order to provide a context for the unit.
Management in health and social care organisations:
Context of management in health and social care; provision in public, private and not-for-profit sectors; organisational structures, legal and policy frameworks, stakeholders, accountability; service responses and effectiveness, managing for quality; communication and recording of information; effective resource management; budget control; leadership and workforce development; managing change.
Supporting workers in health and social care:
Recruitment and selection procedures; development of staff, building teams, leadership in group, organisational and inter-agency contexts, different roles played by both teams and individuals; understanding and supporting learning in the workplace, assessing skills in individual workers, coordinating learning activities for individuals and groups within an organisation Technology in health and social care: Understanding the value and use of technology and its function within the health/social care sector; implications of developments in technologies and the potential impact on delivery of care.