NVQ Level 2 in Health and Social Care – What’s Involved?

Why an NVQ in Health and Social Care?

Are you always bothered about the wellbeing of others? Are you employed in the healthcare field and would like to further your career prospects by obtaining qualifications?

One of the most popular NVQs is Health and Social Care, designed to enable you to deliver care of others to an excellent standard, understand your responsibilities and ensuring those in care are in a safe and healthy environment.

As with most NVQs, the main requirement is that you are already in employment (paid or voluntary), but it is likely that your employer will sponsor your course – especially for the Health and Social Care NVQ.

Usually your tutor will either support you at work or offer you a centre to go to. You may even be entitled to Government subsidisation, so check if you’re eligible!

What NVQ level should I be at?

An NVQ level 2 in Health and Social Care is the level of the following roles:

– healthcare assistants/support workers employed in acute health environments

– healthcare assistants/support workers employed in community and primary care environments

– care assistants/key workers employed in residential settings

– care assistants/key workers employed in domiciliary services

– care assistants/key workers employed in day services

– support workers employed in supported living projects

– community based care assistants/key workers including those employed in specialist areas such as dementia and learning disabilities.

– personal assistants employed by the individual they support or their families

What types of tasks will be required for NVQ Level 2 in Health and Social Care?

Essential:

Identify all sorts of hazards in the workplace

Assess risk levels and recommend action plans

Review your workplace assessment of risks

Carry out specific plan of care activities

Provide feedback on care activities

Contribute to revisions of care activities plan

Communicate with specific individuals

Access/update reports and records

Listen to individuals’ questions or concerns

Support individuals in the way they prefer

Treat people with respect

Assist in protecting individuals

Typical optional units:

Support individuals in how to obtain, store and prepare food

Support individuals in how to obtain household goods

Help others keep their homes safe and secure as well as healthy

Support others to maintain mobility

Support individuals to go to the toilet and getting dressed

Support others in moving from one place to another

Help those who are undertaking medical examinations or recovering from treatments

Recognising and dealing with risks of harm and abuse

Help maintain materials or equipment