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SUPPORTING SIGNIFICANT LIFE EVENTS

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Unit code:

D/601/1648

Level:

Credit value:

15

AIMS
The aim of this unit is to enable learners to investigate the support available for
thoseexperiencing significant life events and the effectiveness of service responses in
supporting suchindividuals.

UNIT ABSTRACT
In this unit learners will investigate how individuals may be supported through expected
andunexpected transitions associated with the human life cycle and with adjustment to
change suchas entering, moving within, or leaving a health and social care service. The
responsibilities ofensuring that a service is responsive to the needs of individuals
experiencing trauma and loss willbe discussed.

Learners will look at ways in which health and social care services may contribute to
themaintenance of dignity and self-image for those experiencing trauma and loss.
Learners will alsoexplore how staff working with individuals experiencing significant life
events may also besupported.

This unit is recommended for those learners who have had experience of managing
health andsocial care services.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES

On successful completion of this unit a learner will:

Understand how significant life events impact on individuals and their social
networks

Understand the support available for individuals experiencing significant life


events

Be able to analyse responses made by health and social care services to support
individualsexperiencing significant life events.

UNIT CONTENT

Understand how significant life events impact on individuals and their


socialnetworks
Life events: events and transitions associated with life stages (childhood,
adolescence,adulthood, middle age, old age, dying); physical, social,
psychological changes relating to eglifestyle, relationships, health, illness,
disability, economic circumstances, cultural difference
Impact: psychological eg depression, emotional stress; physical eg reduced
mobility, loss offunction; social eg behavioural, detachment
Groups: life partnerships, family, friends, communities; care workers, colleagues;
users ofhealth and social care services

Understand the support available for individuals experiencing significant


lifeevents

Support received from: family, friends, groups, communities; other users of


health and socialcare services, care workers
Support: based on policies and procedures eg confidentiality, bereavement,
accessingspecialist services
External sources of support: specialists within the health and social care sector
and theframework within which they work; support therapies eg counselling,
aromatherapy; cultural,faith communities; agencies eg the Deaf Society, the
Royal National Institute of Blind People(RNIB), the Dementia Association;
information and advice eg financial, legal

Be able to analyse responses made by health and social care services to


supportindividuals experiencing significant life events
Organisational responses: applying policies and procedures; critical incident
responses;routines; support for those in social networks; respect for rituals;
adaptations to service egequipment; personal care
Personal experiences: in the workplace, other experience (at the discretion of
individuallearners) sufficient to recognise place of learner self-awareness in
relation to supportingothers
Recommendations: for improvement to support eg for policies, procedures,
organisational culture, management style, accommodation and facilities

LEARNING OUTCOMES AND ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

Learning Outcomes

Assessment criteria for pass

On successful completion of

The learner can:

this unit a learner will:

LO1

Understand how
significant life events
impact on individuals
and their social
networks

1.1 explain the impact of significant life events on


individuals
1.2 analyse possible group responses to
significant life events that occur to one of its
members
1.3 analyse the impact for others in health and
social care when an individual experiences
significant life events

LO2

Understand the support 2.1 evaluate the effectiveness of organisational


available for individuals
policies and procedures in supporting
experiencing significant
individuals and their social networks affected
life events
by significant life events
2.2 explain how others in social networks may
provide support to individuals experiencing
significant life events
2.3 evaluate the suitability of external sources of
support for those affected by significant life
events

LO3

Be able to analyse
3.1 analyse possible organisational responses to
responses made by
the need to support individuals experiencing a
health and social care
significant life event
services to support
3.2 reflect on own personal contributions to the
individuals
support of individuals experiencing significant
experiencing significant
life events
life events.

3.3 make recommendations for improving the


support available in a health and social care
organisation for individuals and their social
networks when affected by significant life
events.
ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS

There are no specific requirements for this unit.