SVQ in Health (Decontamination) at level 3

SVQ in Health (Decontamination) at level 3

The Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) in Health (Decontamination) at level 3 will develop knowledge and skills for working in a health care environment. Candidates will also develop specific skills related to decontamination and sterilisation of equipment. This SVQ comprises Units that have been developed by Skills for Health (the sector skills body for health care) based on the National Occupational Standards for health and social care.

A job or placement in the sector is required as a number of the Units are practical.

Why deliver this qualification

The SVQ in Health (Decontamination) at level 3 will meet the employment needs of health support workers.

The qualification includes a wide choice of optional Units that provide candidates with the knowledge and skills to enable them to develop practical health care and general related skills.

The SVQ develops communication and personal effectiveness skills.

Who does this qualification suit

The SVQ in Health (Decontamination) is suitable for candidates working in health care support roles within a hospital or community setting.


Entry is at the discretion of the centre. The nature of the qualification is such that candidates should be in a work role or placement which allows them to demonstrate competence in practical tasks.


There are opportunities for progression to other Health SVQs.


Centres with devolved authority are eligible to seek approval through their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority will have to come forward for approval and should contact the Business Development Team for guidance in completing the combined CA1/SA1 form.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA's general requirements as outlined in the guide to approval.

How to assess

Assessment is of competence demonstrated in the workplace.

Assessment is integrated with delivery and focuses on evidence of carrying out work activities.

Where can you take this course?

Qualification content and delivery tools

Information about the qualification(s)

National Occupational Standards

Unit information for this qualification is available on our Accredited Qualification Unit Search.

Unit(s) and delivery tools

Group Award code: G8A6 23

To achieve the SVQ, candidates are required to complete ten Units; at least two Core Units; at least two General Clinical/Therapeutic Activities Units; and all six Units from the Pathway specific competences.

Pathway Specific Units – Candidates must complete all 6 units

F052 04 (DEC1)
Collect used equipment from designated collection point
(363 KB)

F077 04 (DEC2)
Sort used equipment and dispose of waste from returned items
(370 KB)

F06P 04 (DEC3)
Prepare, load and operate decontamination equipment
(384 KB)

F06N 04 (DEC4)
Prepare re-usable medical devices for sterilisation
(367 KB)

F050 04 (DEC5)
Carry out sterilisation and disinfection of re-usable medical devices
(364 KB)

F067 04 (DEC6)
Monitor procedures and operate tracking systems and procedures
(359 KB)


Mandatory Units
Core Units – You must select at least 2 of these units

DK4R 04 (HSC31)
Promote effective communication for and about individuals
(155 KB)
excluded combination with Unit (CU6)

F062 04 (CU6)
Maintain communications and records within the organisation
(109 KB)
excluded combination with Unit DK4R 04 (HSC31)

DK4K 04 (HSC32)
Promote, monitor and maintain health, safety and security in the working environment
(148 KB)
excluded combination with Unit (GEN3)

DN9K 04 (GEN3)
Maintain health and safety in a clinical/therapeutic environment
(159 KB)
excluded combination with Unit DK4K 04 (HSC32)

DK57 04 (HSC33)
Reflect on and develop your practice
(95 KB)

DK41 04 (HSC35) Promote choice, well-being and the protection of all individuals (73 KB)
excluded combination with Unit DK4H 04 (HSC34)

DK4H 04 (HSC34)
Promote the well-being and protection of children and young
(160 KB)
people excluded combination with Unit DK41 04 (HSC35)


Optional Units

Clinical/Therapeutic Activities Units – You must select at least 2 of these units

DL4A 04 (HSC221/CHS2)
Assist in the administration of medication
(99 KB)
excluded combination with DK2X 04 (HSC375/CHS3)

DK2X 04 (HSC375/CHS3)
Administer medication to individuals
(134 KB)
excluded combination with DL4A 04 (HSC221/CHS2)

DP0K 04 (CHS4)
Identify the individual whose skin integrity is at risk and undertake the appropriate tissue viability risk assessment
(163 KB)

F07G 04 (CHS11)
Undertake extended personal care
(356 KB)

F07L 04 (CHS12)
Undertake treatments and dressings related to the care of lesions and wounds
(412 KB)

F07H 04 (CHS19)
Undertake physiological measurements
(196 KB)

DK4T 04 (HSC374/CHS35)
Provide first aid to an individual needing emergency assistance

DP0F 04 (CHS36)
Provide basic life support
(144 KB)

F07E 04 (EUSC1)
Take a presenting history from an individual to inform assessmen
t (231 KB)

F069 04 (EUSC2)
Obtain supporting information to inform the assessment of an individual
(252 KB)

DP06 04 (FB11)
Perform routine ECG procedures
(148 KB)

DP08 04 (GEN2)
Prepare and dress for work in clinical/therapeutic areas
(106 KB)

DP0C 04 (GEN4)
Prepare individuals for clinical/therapeutic activities
(138 KB)

DP0J 04 (GEN5)
Support individuals during and following clinical/therapeutic activities
(140 KB)

DP09 04 (GEN6)
Prepare environments and resources for use during clinical/therapeutic activities
(118 KB)

DP04 04 (GEN7)
Monitor and manage the environment and resources during and after clinical/therapeutic activities
(140 KB)

F04S 04 (GEN8)
Assist the practitioner to implement clinical/therapeutic interventions
(250 KB)

F06X 04 (GEN14)
Provide advice and information to individuals on how to manage their own condition
(327 KB)

F053 04 (GEN17)
Contribute to the discharge of an individual into the care of another service

Information about delivery, assessment, quality assurance and support material

Assessment strategy

Candidate Guidance and Portfolio

Information Sheets