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Health Care (Practical Care)

Professional Development

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge in Health Care (Practical Care) to expand an existing practice, as a foundation qualification towards further studies, or for personal interest
  • Be awarded the BSY Professional Certificate of Merit
  • Receive the Certificate of Achievement at QLS Level 3*

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Course overview

This course examines some of the practical care that is administered to clients in a care setting on a daily basis, and includes the fundamentally important aspects of personal care and nutritional needs together with preventative and safety measures required for health and hygiene.


  • Lesson One
    • Observation and Recording Skills/Personal Care
      • Portfolio Building
      • Observe, Report, Record
      • Culture
      • Ethnic Origin
      • Specific Needs
      • Personal Hygiene
      • Bathing
      • Hair Care
      • Mouth Care (Oral Hygiene)
      • Shaving
      • Nail Care
      • Dressing
  • Lesson Two
    • Food and Feeding
      • Different Diets
      • Religious Beliefs
      • Food Allergies and Intolerances
      • Assisting with Serving Food
      • Assisting with Eating and Drinking
      • Specialised Feeding
      • Practical Work
  • Lesson Three
    • The Excretory Systems/ Assisting Clients with Toileting/ Continence
      • The Urinary System
      • The Function of the Bowel
      • Emptying the Bowel
      • Assisting Clients with Toileting
      • Continence
  • Lesson Four
    • Managing Continence
      • Assessment
      • Treatment
      • Bowel Problems
      • Bowel and Bladder Training
      • Fluid Balance
      • Services
  • Lesson Five
    • The Skin
      • Structure
      • Functions
      • Skin Problems
      • Protection from the Sun
  • Lesson Six
    • Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Sores
      • Assessment of the Client at Risk
      • The Norton Score
      • The Waterlow Scale
      • Development of Pressure Sores
      • Preventing Pressure Sores
      • Witness Statement (Optional)
  • Lesson Seven
    • The Endocrine System and Diabetes
      • Aetiology
      • Signs and Symptoms
      • Methods of Treatment
      • Insulin Administration
      • Stabilising Diabetes
      • Measurement of Blood Glucose
      • The Carer’s/Care Worker’s Role
      • Complications of Diabetes
      • Diabetes Insipidus
  • Lesson Eight
    • Diabetes, Diet and Nutrition
      • Common Diabetic Diets
      • Example Diet
      • Psychological Issues Related to Diabetes
      • Healthy Diet Quiz
      • Further Information

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.

*Registration is essential with this course at any time during the studies. Registration fee of £20 applies. Full details on request.