Module Title:Health and Safety in Social Care Practice
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 3 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lectures to teach key concepts of the module to students; Case studies-Students will collaborate in small teams to work independently on. Class discussions & debates- to actively engage students to analyses and learn deeper the content; Group work, Collaborative and Peer learning- students will be engaged in active group work and enquiry and project based learning. Guest Lecture- Key Speakers to highlight specific issues pertinent to health and safety in Social Care Practice
Module Aim: To highlight the importance of health and safety in social care practice.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Understand key aspects of health and safety in a social care work environment and identify their role in prioritising the safety of both the service user and those involved in their care. D1- Pr. 9,18,20 D2-Pr 1 D3, Pr.2,7,10,12,13,14 D4-Pr 1
LO2 Outline how health is protected in social care settings. D1- Pr.9,18,20 D2-Pr 1 D3- Pr.2,7 D4-Pr 1
LO3 Understand key aspects of food safety and hygiene in a social care work environment. D1- Pr. 9, D2- Pr 1 D3-Pr 7,13,14 D4- Pr 1
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

9396 SAFE H1401 Health and Safety in Social Care Practice
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module.
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Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Topic: Health protection/ ill health prevention.
Protecting health: Introduction to common infections, management and prevention of infection. Methods of transmission - The stages of the chain of infection for infection prevention . Immunisations. HIQA guidelines for residential care. D1- Pr. 6,9,18,20 D2-Pr 1,13, D3- Pr.2,,7,10,12,13,14 D4-Pr 1
Topic: Understand key aspects of health and safety in social care
Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 and the duties of employees and employers in social care; Role of Health and Safety Authority in social care settings, Identify risk factors in relation to safety, hazard identification and risk assessment in the social care setting; Fire risks;The fire triangle; causes & prevention; Emergency procedures: Occupational Health and Stress Related Work Medication Management. D1- Pr. 6,9, 18, 20 D2-Pr 1,13 D3, Pr.7,10,12,13,14 D4-Pr 1
Food safety and hygiene in a social care environments
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) D1- Pr 9, D2- Pr. 13 D3-Pr 7,13,14 D4- Pr 1
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project D1-Pr. 9,18 D2-Pr. 1 D3- Pr. 2,7,10,12,13,14 D4-Pr 1 1,2,3 100.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 4.00
Independent Learning 15 Weeks per Stage 5.13
Total Hours 125.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_HHPSC_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Professional Social Care Practice 1 Mandatory
CW_HHSST_D Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies 1 Mandatory
CW_HHPSC_D Bachelor of Arts in Professional Social Care Practice 1 Mandatory