AIM AND PURPOSE OF THE UNIT
Whilst many complementary therapies are ancient they are a relatively new addition to conventional treatments for illness and disease in the west. As people take more personal responsibility for their health and well-being, the prevalence of complementary therapies has spread and it is increasingly likely that users of health and social care services will want to use them as a complement or alternative to conventional Western medicine to treat or alleviate illness and disease.
This unit gives learners the opportunity to gain an understanding of complementary therapies and be able to consider how they are regulated for use in health and social care services and how this impacts on their accessibility. Learners will gain an understanding of how other factors might impact on the accessibility of complementary therapies. Learners will explore how complementary therapies could be, and are, used alongside conventional medicine and the tensions and conflicts that might arise between the two approaches. Through this exploration the learner will be able to evaluate the effectiveness of complementary therapies on the health and well being of the individual.
ASSESSMENT AND GRADING CRITERIA
Learning Outcome (LO)
The learner will:
The assessment criteria are the pass requirements for this unit.
The learner can:
To achieve a merit evidence must show that, in addition to the pass criteria, the learner is able to:
To achieve a distinction the evidence must show that, in addition to the pass and merit criteria, the learner is able to:
1 Understand complementary therapies that can be used by users of health and social care services
P1 explain the term “complementary therapy”
P2 explain how the use of complementary therapies is regulated within health and social care services.
M1 summarise factors that affect access to complementary therapies within health and