Course Profile

Course Profile: Person Centred Risk Assessment (1 Day)
We all know that we have a right to take risks in life; benefit when it pays off and learn when it goes wrong. This is how we grow and fulfill our potential. Should this be different for adults receiving health and social care services? This is a complex issue and the balancing of people’s rights and an organisation’s Duty of Care is extremely complex. This course aims to explore the comprehensive Risk Assessment and Risk Management framework.
The course incorporates an introduction to ‘Independence, Choice and Risk’ (Dept. of Health, 2007), Person Centred Practice, Mental Capacity Act,  DoLS  and the organisation’s related policy. 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. It links with 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: HWB1.2, 2.2, 3.2, 4.2, 5.2, 6.2,
Care certificate: 1, 3, 5, 7, 13.2
QCF: HSC026, SHC024, LD205, 202
The course is designed for Health and Social Care workers and others working in Learning Disability and other contexts.


Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

  • What is meant by: Risk Assessment, Risk Management, Empowerment, Protection / Safeguarding
  • Why Risk needs to be assessed 
  • What is meant by ‘reasonable risk’ with due regard to ‘duty of care’ and ‘capacity’
  • Why is it important for risk to be taken and the right to take risk; Human Rights
  • Staff power and how it can be misused regarding risk taking-Keeping it Person Centred
  • When risk is unacceptable and what to do when this arises
  • Historical and current attitudes towards risk taking in relation to people receiving support
  • The assessment process – principles of the process and how to complete the documentation
  • Why it can be difficult to achieve consistency when assessing risk and how to mitigate against this
  • Multi disciplinary working and ensuring that the service user remains at the centre
  • Risk Management process and the links to Needs Assessment and Support Planning
  • Risk on a daily basis with reference to Needs/Supporting; daily documentation of risk-related issues (including documenting assessments of capacity), incident/accident forms, use of on call, reporting etc.
  • The importance of Reviews
  • Using supervision effectively to support Risk Assessment & Management
  • Your responsibilities and what you can expect from your Manager
Training methods utilised include: Discussion, Overheads/Presentation, Small & large group work, Video, Handouts, Practical exercise