Course Profile

Course Profile: Health Action Plans (1 Day)
People with Learning Disabilities can often be disadvantaged in health care provision. An active health action plan can be an effective means to redressing any imbalance. This course aims to enable learners to support service users to establish and implement their Health Action Plan as recommended in ‘Valuing People’ (DOH 2001). Learners will focus on a process composed of assessment, goal setting, planning, implementation and evaluation. Each stage is then explored in terms of good practice issues; essential skills for workers; challenges and Person Centred work.
The course is informed by ‘Valuing People’ (DOH 2001) and 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 is set in the context of the Care Act (2014), supports the Social Care Commitment and will help organisations meet the CQC Fundamental Standards.
The course provides some knowledge for
Care certificate: 1.3, 1.4, 5, 7.3, 9.2
NHS KSF: HWB2.1, 4.1
QCF: HSC026,2004, 2005, 2025, LD208K, 208C
The course is designed for Social Care workers working in diverse Learning Disability contexts.


Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

  • What is a Health Action Plan and why they are considered necessary
  • The legal requirements
  • The advantages and disadvantages of health action plan
  • How to prepare for and/or overcome the tensions
  • The 5 stage model
  • The assessment process and the skills that workers need to support service users in this area
  • The skills required for effective 1:1 interactions
  • How to conduct the Assessment interview-variations depending on ability and needs
  • How to set goals-including SMARTER goals
  • What to do when a service user’s goal seems unrealistic
  • What to do if a service user does not wish to set goals
  • How to plan effectively
  • Common problems with planning
  • Good practice & implementation
  • Possible blocks to implementation
  • How to evaluate the plan
  • Measuring outcomes
  • The need and how to work with other agencies
  • What the organisation’s policies say
Training methods utilised include: Icebreakers, Tutor presentations, PowerPoint, Chalk and talk, Word shower group work, Small group work, Pairs/triads work, Practice scenarios, Handouts