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Tomas Flanagan

Occupational Therapist

St. Michael's House

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I would advise anyone interested in Occupational Therapy to read up on the profession or else try to meet a qualified Occupational Therapist and talk to them about their work.

The internet can be a great resource in getting information. Also information from the universities might indicate if this is a course that is suited to you. A lot of the course work relies on you being a self-directed learner. This makes the course different to other more mainstream/academic courses as the onus is on the student to complete a lot of work independently.

As this is a caring profession an interest in working with people is a must. You also need to be a good communicator as you will be working closely with clients, families and other staff on an ongoing basis.

Organisational skills are essential to enable you to manage a caseload.

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Health Care Assistant

Course Code(s):  5M4339
QQI Award Code:  5M4339 Healthcare Support
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Sligo College of Further Education

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Course overview

Course Code 5M4339
QQI Award Code 5M4339 Healthcare Support
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

A Healthcare Assistant supports existing staff in a hospital or care setting in the practical care and general welfare of clients. They play a vital role in the care team. Career opportunities are excellent as many care settings require prospective employees to hold relevant certification such as this one.

The course will allow you to develop the necessary skills and training to enable you to seek employment in the healthcare sector. This course is compulsory in order to gain employment as a care assistant. This course is designed to equip the learner with the knowledge and practical skills required for a career as a hospital attendant / multi-task attendant / professional career in a variety of care settings, such as Nursing Homes, hospitals, day care centres, private home care and personal assistant work.

What will you Study?

Care Support 5N0758
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Care Skills 5N2270
Personal Effectiveness 5N1390
Work Experience 5N1356
Anatomy and Physiology 5N0749
Human Growth and Development 5N1297
Care of the Older Person 5N2706
Nursing Theory and Practice 5N4325
Occupational First Aid 5N1207
People Manual Handling

Optional Modules:
Learners may also have the opportunity to study Maths as an extra module.
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

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This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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DHSXX 5M4339

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