Health & Social Care qualification development

Qualifications Wales, Social Care Wales and the Workforce Education Development Services’ (WEDS) Division of NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership (NWSSP) collaborated to develop the content for the new suite of Health and Social Care and Child Care qualifications.

We also worked with three subject writers in Health, Social Care and Children’s Care, Learning, Development and Play (CCLDP) to develop draft pathways for the new qualifications. In addition, our subject experts worked closely with employers, key organisations and subject specialists from across the sector throughout the project, to ensure that the new content is relevant, up-to-date and includes key knowledge and understanding. 

On 25 & 27 April 2017, Qualifications Wales hosted stakeholder engagement workshops in Cardiff and Wrexham for teachers, FE College lecturers and HE lecturers to discuss the development of content. The workshops were well attended and provided the opportunity to discuss in detail the proposed content for Level 1/2 and Level 3 knowledge-based qualifications. The feedback collated was used to inform the development of these proposed qualifications, with follow-up workshops taking place in June 2017.

The Workforce Education Development Services’ (WEDS) Division of NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership (NWSSP) hosted a total of 11 focus group events across NHS Wales to review the proposed core content of the new qualifications. Eight of the events focused on the proposed new Level 2 and 3 Health and Social Care (HSC) qualifications and three of the new Level 2 and 3 Children’s Care, Learning, Development and Play (CCLDP) qualifications. The events hosted by WEDS were attended by 86 people, most of whom were NHS Wales staff. Feedback was mainly positive, especially regarding the new CCLDP qualifications being developed to cover child care roles within NHS Wales, as well as the Social Care sector. The groups identified a number of optional areas they felt should be included to make the qualifications fit for purpose in NHS Wales. They also welcomed the proposal that all of the Level 2 qualifications would have placements, and that the corresponding Level 3 qualifications would include ‘recognised’ academic credit in the form of UCAS points.

Social Care Wales held eight engagement focus groups across Wales during November and December 2016. The focus groups considered the Health and Social Care core content for both the induction qualification and the practice qualifications at Levels 2 and 3. More than 120 people from all parts of the sector attended these sessions, including managers, practitioners and learning providers.

During December 2016, the Social Care Wales Early Years Network considered the CCLDP Core Content. This was followed by seven engagement focus groups across Wales. The aim was to comment on content for the CCLDP Core for the induction qualification and the practice qualifications at Levels 2 and 3. The focus groups attracted 197 delegates and included representatives from the early years and childcare sector, including managers and owners, national childcare organisations, local authorities and CSSIW.