PDA Renal Dialysis Practice: Assistant Practitioner at SCQF level 8

PDA Renal Dialysis Practice: Assistant Practitioner at SCQF level 8

Professional Development Awards (PDAs) extend or broaden professional or vocational skills and are linked to National Occupational Standards.

The PDA Renal Dialysis Practice: Assistant Practitioner at SCQF level 8 covers the theory and skills relating to renal practice as an assistant renal practitioner. It includes critical and evaluative thinking and the ability to plan and manage work-based activities with reference to professional and legal issues. Inter-professional work practices in a holistic, caring and sensitive manner are also covered.

The PDA Renal Dialysis: Assistant Practitioner at SCQF level 8 has been developed to address the changing skills mix of the National Health Service (NHS) in Scotland, in response to the need identified by NHS Education Scotland for a nationally agreed competency framework developed in partnership with employers.

This qualification is available through colleges, training providers and some employers. It has been designed to be delivered as a taught course and will normally be available as a combination of workshops and self-directed study.

Candidates must currently have sufficient experience as a support worker in a relevant field and/or have completed the HNC Care and Administrative Practice.

Why deliver this qualification

The PDA Renal Dialysis is a qualification that has not been available previously and has been requested by the profession and workforce planners.

It will help employers meet skills gaps and provide continuing professional development for staff, while learners will gain knowledge and skills needed for progression in renal support units in a clinical setting or in an individual’s own home.

The unit-based structure aids timetable flexibility. Units are typically 40 hours of learning and they can be delivered on a full-time or part-time basis.

Who does this qualification suit

This qualification is aimed at individuals currently working as a support worker in a relevant field or who have completed the HNC Care and Administrative Practice.

Access

Entry to this qualification is at the discretion of the centre.

Entry to the PDA requires the learner to have sufficient experience as a support worker, or to be progressing from the HNC Care and Administrative Practice.

It is recommended that employed learners wishing to undertake the award are able to demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills.

Progression

The units in the PDA have been mapped against the National Occupational Standards for Health Care Support.

Learners would have the opportunity of progressing to other PDAs, which could perhaps lead to a full HND in Care and Administrative Practice at SCQF level 8.

Centres will have to come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Guide to Approval.

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 relevant approval application forms.

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

How to assess

Each individual unit specification gives detailed information on the evidence requirements and approaches to assessment for each unit. Ongoing course assessment will apply. Each unit is assessed separately.

  • Assessment will allow candidates to enhance their own practice. The use of reports and projects is crucial to this.

Where can you take this course?

Qualification Structure

Group award code: GL56 48

The PDA Renal Dialysis: Assistant Practitioner at SCQF level 8 consists of two mandatory units.

Group awards specification