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Unit 3:
Unit code: QCF Level 3: Credit value:

Health, Safety and Security in Health and Social Care
A/600/8952 BTEC Nationals 10

Guided learning hours: 60
Aim and purpose
This unit aims to enable learners to gain an understanding of the health, safety and security of individuals in a health and social care context. They will explore legislation, policies and procedures and gain an understanding of the purpose of risk analysis. Learners will also gain an understanding of how to deal with incidents and emergencies in a health and social care environment.

Unit introduction
Health, safety and security are a priority in all health and social care (HSC) practice and this unit gives learners an understanding of key principles that underpin work in the sector. On completing the unit, learners will understand how to minimise risks to all individuals in HSC settings, be they service users, their friends and family, or employees in the setting. The unit requires a clear understanding of the language used in the context of health, safety and security. HSC workplaces are complex environments and services may be delivered in health, residential and day care settings as well as increasingly in service users’ own homes. At the end of the unit, learners should be able to foresee potential hazards and know how to make appropriate responses to minimise risks, in the context of relevant legal and local policy requirements. Learners will investigate potential hazards for individuals in HSC settings. Informal observations, particularly during work placements, of how care workers implement safe practice with different service user groups in different environments would be useful background research. Learners could share their experiences of different settings in class discussions. Case material, video and/or guest speakers could be helpful, especially where access to settings is limited. The practical aspect of the unit requires learners to conduct a risk assessment through investigating hazards for a selected service user group accessing a specific health or social care setting in the local community. Learners will investigate how statutory and local requirements provide a framework for settings to develop policies and procedures relating to safeguarding and health and safety. An understanding of the possible tensions that may arise in relation to balancing health, safety and security considerations with, for example, individual rights to independence or choice, will also be explored. Learners will explore the nature of incidents and emergencies that may arise in HSC and possible responses to these. This could then lead to more focused consideration of the risks arising from a specific incident from a case study, the media or actual experience, and an analysis of the factors that caused the incident or emergency and recommendations of how the risk could have been minimised.

Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Nationals specification in Health and Social Care – Issue 1 – June 2010 © Edexcel Limited 2010

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The unit provides core knowledge and understanding essential for those working in HSC settings. It will provide a useful overview from which more detailed explorations of selected aspects of health, safety and security can be developed, as relevant to individual specialist units within the programme. Some aspects of the unit can prepare learners before they start a work- experience placement. The unit could be complemented with recognised qualifications in first aid, moving and handling, health and safety and food hygiene.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this unit a learner should be able to:

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Understand potential hazards in health and social care Know how legislation, policies and procedures promote health, safety and security in health and social care settings Be able to implement a risk assessment Understand priorities and responses in dealing with incidents and emergencies.

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