PDA in Occupational Therapy Support

PDA in Occupational Therapy Support

The new Professional Development Award (PDA) in Occupational Therapy Support at SCQF level 8 is specifically designed to equip individuals with a range of knowledge, specialist skills and values to enable them to improve professional practice, and provide continuous professional development. It has been designed for employees aspiring to advance their practice or gain employment, as assistant practitioners, senior support workers or paraprofessionals within occupational therapy. It has been planned as a progression route for specified SCQF level 7 awards.

Why deliver this qualification

The PDA in Occupational Therapy Support has been designed for delivery as a taught Course with the Higher National (HN) Units. The award also provides a combination of workplace, directed and independent learning, through reading, research and practice-based learning.

This award will allow occupational therapy to develop in line with the rest of the caring professions by having a recognised career and developmental pathway for individuals working with clients within occupational therapy. It will also accredit learning and provide a qualification which formally embraces personal development in the application of learned theory and specialist skills gained in the work setting.

Who does this qualification suit

The PDA is primarily to develop learners within occupational therapy. Eligibility of potential candidates will be at the discretion of the delivering centre, with the proviso that candidates are/can be actively involved in occupational therapy as part of their job role/function and have access to mentorship/supervision of an occupational therapist throughout the Course. It is recommended that candidates will have achieved a current relevant award at SCQF level 7 or equivalent. Failure to meet this requirement will affect the ability of learners to satisfy the full assessment requirements for the PDA.

Progression

The Units in the PDA have been mapped against the National Occupational Standards for Health and Social Care. Candidates would have the opportunity of progressing to other PDAs, which could perhaps lead to a full HN qualification in Occupational Therapy or SVQ in Health and Social Care at level 3.

Approval

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

The PDA takes a portfolio building approach to assessment. This is necessary as the Units provide candidates with the opportunity to demonstrate their learning through practice that will be observed and validated by a qualified occupational therapist.

Where can you take this course?

Arrangements Documents

Unit(s) and delivery tools

Group Award code: GF39 48 (32 SCQF credit points)

SCQF level: 8

Structure

The PDA in Occupational Therapy Support is comprised of four pathways. The pathway will depend on entry qualifications:

Pathway 1

Candidates who have achieved an HNC in Health Care, Allied Health Professions, or Care and Administrative Practice.

Unit titles Codes     SCQF Level SCQF Credit SCQF Credit Value

Occupational Therapy: Core Concepts and Processes

H18H35 8 16 2
Occupational Therapy Support: Audit F3NE34  7  8  1

Either: Protection of Individuals from Possible Harm and Abuse

or:

Understanding and Supporting Behaviour

 DH3P34

 

 

DJ1N34

 7  8  1
 Total Credits    8  32  4

 

Pathway 2

Candidates who have achieved, for example, HNC Social Care, HNC Additional Learning Needs, HE Cert Health/Social Care.

Unit titles Codes     SCQF Level SCQF Credit SCQF Credit Value

Occupational Therapy: Core Concepts and Processes

H18H35 8 16 2
Anatomy and Physiology for Support Workers H1SS34  7  8  1

Occupational Therapy Support: Audit

 F3NE34

 7  8  1
 Total Credits    8  32  4

 

Pathway 3

Candidates who have achieved an SVQ level 3 in Health/Social Care.

Unit titles Codes     SCQF Level SCQF Credit SCQF Credit Value

Occupational Therapy: Core Concepts and Processes

H18H35 8 16 2
Anatomy and Physiology for Support Workers H1SS34  7  8  1

Psychology and Sociology in Health Care

 DR3T34

 7  8  1
 Total Credits    8  32  4

Pathway 4

Candidates who have achieved the HNC Occupational Therapy Support.

Unit titles Codes     SCQF Level SCQF Credit SCQF Credit Value

Occupational Therapy: Core Concepts and Processes

H18H35 8 16 2
Protection of Individuals from Harm and Abuse DH3P34  7  8  1

Understanding and Supporting Behaviour

 DJ1N34

 7  8  1
 Total Credits    8  32  4