Healthcare Support Course (QQI Level 5, Major Award) for Unemployed Participants

Course Description

The population of older people in Ireland is increasing, as are the numbers who require residential care. This growth has to be matched by an increase in competent, caring Healthcare Assistants, in order to meet the demands of our aging population. According to the independent regulatory body HIQA, all staff employed by nursing homes or home-care organisations "must have the necessary skills, appropriate to their role, to provide care and support to residents and to coordinate care effectively with other organisations and professionals."

The Certificate in Healthcare Support (QQI Level 5, Major Award) has become the industry-standard qualification for anyone wishing to work as a Healthcare Assistant in the Republic of Ireland. This qualification can only be conferred upon a student who has completed 8 modules from a list specified by the national awards body Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI).

Some of these modules are mandatory - and are therefore the same for every provider - whereas others are optional, subject to the discretion of the provider. We provide training in the following 8 modules:

1. Communication
2. Safety & Health at Work
3. Care Support
4. Care Skills
5. Care of the Older Person
6. Palliative Care
7. Infection Prevention and Control
8. Work Practice

Eligibility criteria for unemployed

*** Please note that all the current groups doing this programme are full. We will start new Healthcare Support programmes in early 2021. The enrolment list will be opened after the 8th of December. Only after that time you will be able to book a place for 2021.



Course Aim

The purpose of this QQI Level 5 Major Award is to enable the learner to acquire the knowledge, skill, and competence to work in a variety of healthcare settings. Possession of this qualification will also enable you to progress to further, higher education and training.

Course Objectives and Learning Outcomes

The Healthcare Support Course for Unemployed Students only accepts applications at certain times of the year. Our next recruitment period will begin in December 2020. After this period is finished and our interviews have been completed, the next intake of students will start in early 2021. All of our programmes are conducted online, via live interactive webinars.

Who Should Attend

Anyone who has a genuine interest in working in healthcare and who meets our eligibility criteria.

Trainer’s Profile

Trainer Name: To be confirmed

Course Details

  • Category: QQI Healthcare Support Course (Level 5)
  • Location: Nationwide
  • Venue: TBA
  • Duration: Months: 6
  • Code:5m4339
  • Provider: LHP Skillnet
  • Skillnet Members Price: NA
  • Unemployed: Yes
  • Accreditation: QQI
  • Award: QQI Major award,Level 5
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