Module Title:Health, Wellbeing and Nutrition
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Presentations Case studies Class discussions & debates Co-operative learning Self- directed learning
Module Aim: To highlight the importance of health, well-being and nutrition in social care work
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Illustrate a knowledge of the factors which impact on holistic health and wellbeing throughout the life course.
LO2 Outline how health is protected in social care settings.
LO3 Examine aging and care of the older person.
LO4 Explore the care of children and adults with disabilities, lifelong and life limiting conditions.
LO5 Understand the relationship between nutrition and population health and wellbeing in social care.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Topic: Holistic health and wellbeing
Analyse health and wellbeing throughout the life course including cross cultural concepts of health and disease. (Pre natal health to older person health and wellbeing). Inequalities in health. Social determinants of health. Introduction to health promotion. Social model of health promotion. The role of the social care worker in health promotion in conjunction with multidisciplinary team. Structures of health care systems national & international including Intersectoral approaches to health and wellbeing.
Topic: Health protection/ ill health prevention.
Protecting health: Introduction to common infections e.g. infections of Respiratory Tract, Nervous system, Throat, Gastro- intestinal Tract, the Blood, the Skin, Sexual transmitted diseases (STD), HIV Aids. MANAGEMENT & PREVENTION. Recognising the sick person. Care of person with infection/ Introduction to personal care planning for health.The stages of the chain of infection for infection prevention . Immunisations. Adherence to national standards for infection prevention, HIQA guidelines for residential care. Medication Administration.
Topic: Care of the older person.
The ageing process. Promotion of healthy ageing. Planning a healthy retirement. Needs of older person when health is compromised. Care settings and services for older person. Care of person with Dementia.
Topic: Specific care needs in social care.
Care of adult/child living with a disability/ lifelong / life limiting condition - Down’s syndrome. Fragile x syndrome. Cerebral palsy. Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus. Asthma/ Eczema. Diabetes. Epilepsy. Care of person living with mental health disorder. Care issues such as ..use of aids and appliances eg., hoist, catheter and colostomy care, eating aids. HIQA quality standards for residential care. Intimate care routines -HIQA guidelines.
Topic: The importance of nutrition for holistic health & wellbeing
NUTRITION AND SPECIFIC CLIENT GROUPS. Pregnancy / Infants and Children .Nutrition & person who is homeless /person with drug alcohol addiction / cognitive impairment or living with a dietary related illness e.g. coeliac disease, diabetes, food allergies, malnutrition, obesity and eating disorders, nutritional deficiency. Special diets e.g vegetarian, lactose free, religious or cultural implications on diet . Persons requiring assistance with feeding. Use of Food Diaries/ Fluid balance records. MANAGEMENT AND PLANNING OF MEALS • Nutritional significance • Inequalities related to nutritional choices Food preparation and cooking processes • Principles of cooking the food commodities listed above. FOOD SAFETY AND HYGIENE. • Food borne disease. • Storage of food • Personal hygiene of the person • Preparation and cooking /serving food Adherence to principles of Hazard analysis critical control point in food processing operations (HACCP).
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment60.00%
End of Module Formal Examination40.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Project / Paper/ Presentation/ Online testing 1,2,3 60.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam n/a 4,5 40.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 3.33
Total Hours 190.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 1.50
Total Hours 1.50

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_HWASS_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Applied Social Studies (Professional Social Care) 1 Mandatory
CW_HWASS_D Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies (Professional Social Care) 1 Mandatory