Course Profile

Course Profile: Understanding Medical Conditions (1 Day)
Whilst support workers are not required to diagnose or treat medical conditions, a basic awareness could not only be supportive, but could be life saving.
This course will provide learners with the essential information and confidence to work collaboratively with service users, their healthcare team and social care team. This course will include the causation, treatment and recognising the worsening of epilepsy, asthma, diabetes, hypertension and thyroid conditions. The course is not only practical but also focuses on holistic approaches to supporting people with a chronic medical condition, including longer term support.
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: 1.4, 3, 8, 13, 15
QCF: HSC2004: 1, 2.2.1, 3, HSC2005: 2.1     HSC2011: 1.1.1, HSC2025: 1.1.1.  SSOP2.2: 1.1
The course is designed for staff working in a variety of roles and in diverse settings


Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:
  • What the following conditions are:  
  •    - epilepsy,
       - asthma,
       - diabetes,
       - hypertension,
       - thyroid conditions
  • The relevant anatomy and physiology
  • The common medical approaches to these conditions
  • The role of a support worker has in supporting the individuals
  • The common medical treatments that may be employed
  • The complex interplay with multiple conditions
  • How a chronic condition differs from an acute condition
  • The importance of accuracy in reporting changes in condition
  • Emergency responses for life threatening worsening
  • How to respond during a seizure including medical response if necessary
  • The experience of the individual
  • What external advice support is available to the individual and themselves
Training methods utilised include: Tutor presentations, PowerPoint, Large Group Work, Demonstration, Practical sessions, Handouts, Small Group WorkParticipants are advised to wear loose clothing including trousers to cover the legs