Course Profile

Course Profile: Skills Assessment & Goal Setting
Learning Disabilities
(1 Day)
This course aims to assist learners in the assessment of skills and skills teaching. Skills Assessment explores the individual needs of the people we provide a service for, whilst remaining aware of different learning styles and communication systems.
The course is informed by a range of material including Person Centred Approaches and the organisation’s related policies. 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 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:  Core1.2, HWB2.2, HWB4.2
QCF: LD201, 302, HSC3020
Care certificate:  5, 6, 7
The course is designed for workers supporting people with Learning Disabilities in diverse contexts.


Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

  • The historical context of development in services inc. "Normalisation" SRV, "Ordinary Living", O' Brien etc.
  • Person Centred Approaches
  • Background to individual skills assessment and goal setting
  • How to plan and assess in preparation for devising and implementing individual support plans
  • A working philosophy that promotes the individual's development and social inclusion
  • Different learning styles
  • The Assessment process
  • How to assess the likes and dislikes of the individual
  • Functional and age appropriate skills
  • Communication skills required
  • What is meant by informed choice
  • Confidentiality issues
  • How to encourage participation with appropriate levels of support
  • How to identify baseline skills inventory
  • The importance of working with other disciplines
  • A systematic approach to formulating teaching plans
  • The roles and responsibilities of staff during the goal setting process
Training methods utilised include: Tutor presentations, Pairs work, Chalk and talk, Group work, Handouts, PowerPoint, Practice examples, Review of Assessment tools