Course Profile

Course Profile: HIV Awareness (1 Day)
Whilst there have been enormous changes, HIV and AIDS issues continue to be misunderstood; often leading to poor and inappropriate provision of services and discrimination against people with health, care and support needs. This course aims to demystify the subject, upgrade information and promote working methods so that workers could provide the most effective and respectful health, care and support possible.
The course is informed by the Department of Health, the Terence Higgins Trust, UNAIDS documentation and the Equality Act. It is set in the context of the Care Act (2014), supports the Social Care Commitment and will help organisations meet the CQC Fundamental Standards. It links to the Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers in England (Skills for Care and Skills for Health, 2013)
The course provides some knowledge for
NHS KSF:  Core 3.1, HWB3.1
Care certificate: 1.3, 1.4, 4, 5, 6.4, 7, 15
QCF: HSC026, HSC027
The course is designed for Health & Social Care workers at all levels and in all settings.


Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

  • The terms HIV and AIDS and the difference between the two
  • The course, progression and prognosis of the infection
  • Where and where it all began
  • Groups of people affected
  • How society and the media responded
  • The early experiences of those living with the HIV virus
  • The current situation, including:
  •                   -Statistics in the UK and around the world
                      -Research
                      -Prognosis
                      -Treatments
                      -Attitudes
                      -Self help and Advocacy groups
                      -The Law
  • How HIV is transmitted-Challenging the myths
  • How HIV is prevented
  • Medical and other services available
  • Some of the “moral” issues and how they could impact on the welfare of people affected
  • The non judgmental approach that is required to support people affected
  • What is expected from support staff
  • The impact of the Equality Act 2010 and the Care Act 2014 on people living with HIV
Training methods utilised include: Tutor presentations, Quiz, Chalk and talk, DVD, Group work, Role play, Handouts, PowerPoint