Courses provided by Comfort Keepers Training:


Course: Cardiac First Response


Who are PHECC?

In simple terms PHECC perform a similar role to FETAC but only with responsibility for care given in an emergency outside of hospital.

PHECC regulate the Irish Emergency Medical Services (EMS). This means that all qualifications from Cardiac First Responder up to Advanced Paramedic are certified by PHECC and are monitored through continuous professional development. PHECC maintain a register of Emergency Medical Practitioners in Ireland and issue licences to these practitioners to allow them practice their clinical skills. Training standards for each skill level are also set by PHECC.

What course will Comfort Keepers Training run?

Comfort Keepers Training is accredited to deliver PHECC's Cardiac First Response (CFR) course at two levels:
• Community level
• Advanced level

What is involved in this course?

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The CFR course is designed to train both lay-responders (general public) and full time professionals in how to deal with an emergency relating to both Cardiac and Respiratory conditions. Some of the topics covered on the course are listed below.

• Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) (Adult, Child & Infant)
• Use of Automatic External Defibrillator (AED)
• Foreign Body Airway Obstructions (Choking) (Adult, Child & Infant)
• Acute Angina / Coronary Chest Pain Management & Aspirin administration
• Stroke Assessment and Management
• Legalities of Providing Care for such patients
• Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) for the responder

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How long is the course?

The course is one day long and will be held throughout our nationwide office locations.

How are carers booked onto the course?

Normal procedure applies for the booking of carers onto this course. The course is limited to 8 participants per course. So book early to secure places.

When are the courses scheduled?

Courses will be scheduled on a regular basis. The first pilot course will be held:





Course: Phase 1 of FETAC Level 5 Major Award in Community & Health Services


WHAT IS PHASE 1?

We have established a unique opportunity to provide learners with four FETAC modules under one course we have called Phase 1.

Our Phase 1 course comprises of four FETAC modules:

• Work Experience
• Care Support
• Communications
• Care Provision and Practice

Our Phase 1 course is offered as one day a week for 6 weeks or 2 days a week for 3 weeks through a variety of teaching methods including theory, in class activities and group work.

WHAT DOES PHASE 1 INCLUDE?

You will learn:
Work Experience: to compile a range of relevant material and skills from work experience
Care Support: to understand the individuality, privacy and care needs for clients
Communications: to recognise and demonstrate different communication techniques for various environments
Care Provision and Practice: to fully understand the role of a Health Care Assistant and provide qualitycare

COURSE OBJECTIVES

• Our aim in providing our Phase 1 course is to enable learners to integrate the four modules
• Through the integration of the modules, there is a reduction in the number of assessments as well as better interactivity between modules.
• Our Phase 1 course prepare learners for different environments and experiences they will be subject to as a Healthcare Assistant.

WHY SHOULD YOU DO THIS COURSE?

Upon completion of Phase 1 course, each learner will:

• receive four FETAC Level 5 Community & Health Services Minor Awards upon completion
• have completed half of the modules to gain their FETAC Level 5 Major Award, which will be a mandatory qualification from 2013 to work as a a.Healthcare Assistant
• only have four FETAC Level 5 modules left to complete, which are also available from Comfort Keepers Training

COURSE DETAILS

Comfort Keepers Training provides Phase 1 in various locations around Ireland on a regular basis.
Location: Our locations include Dublin, Limerick, Cork, Galway, Louth, Wexford and Wicklow.
Other locations available upon request.
Capacity: Each Course is open to a maximum of 16 learners

Cost: €600





Course: Practical Home Care skills

Aim: This course is designed to provide the learner with the skills, knowledge a nd attitudes essential for providing quality home care. This module also enables the learner to acquire the knowledge of how to create a safe environment for the person in their care.

The module comprises four units as follows:

  • Communication and Listening Skills
  • Safe Caring
  • Practical Care Skills
  • Care Support

At the end of this course, particpants will:

  • Demonstrate good communication skills relevant to their care role
  • Understand the personal care needs of the person in their care
  • Understand the importance of maintaining a safe, healthy and hygienic environment for the person being cared for
  • Have knowledge the practical care skills that maintain the best quality of life for the person in their care
  • Be able to identify the needs and supports that are available to Carers providing practical care skills

Target Audience: Carers providing care in the home

Entry Requirements: There are no prior entry requirements however the course will be delivered in English and students are expected to have a good command of the English language. The course also includes a practical element involving patient moving and handling. Participants will be expected to by physically fit to participate.

Duration: 5 days

Certification: FETAC Level 5 Component Certificate in Practical Home Care Skills, Certificate of Competence, Patient Moving and Handling
Cost: €450





Course: Care of the Older Person

Aim: To provide carers with the knowledge and skills to provide individual holistic care for older people in a variety of settings.

The module comprises four units as follows:

  • Ageing Process
  • Working with the Older Person
  • Caring for the Older Person with Specific Needs
  • Care Settings

At the end of this course, particpants will:

  • Understand the concept of the ageing process
  • Be aware of their perception of older people and understand their role in promoting a positive view of aging
  • Be able to meet the full range of needs of older people in a variety of care settings
  • Understand the role of the carer in enhancing the quality of life of the older person

Target Audience: Carers providing care to older people

Entry Requirements: National Vocational Certificate Level 4, Leaving Certificate or equivalent qualifications and/or relevant life and work experiences. The course will be delivered in English and students are expected to have a good command of the English language. The course also includes a practical element involving patient moving and handling. Participants will be expected to by physically fit to participate.

Duration: 5 days

Certification: FETAC Level 5 Component Certificate in Care of the Older Person

Cost: €450





Course: Disability Awareness

Aim: Equip learners with the knowledge and skills to provide care for people with disabilities and for their families in a variety of settings.

The module comprises five units as follows:

  • Physical Disabilities
  • Sensory Disabilities
  • Mental Health and Illness
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Chronic Illness and other Health Issues

General Aims::

  • Understand the concept of disability and it's context
  • Be familiar with national and local models of services for people with disabilities and their families
  • Develop an awareness of good work practices in the provision of care for people with disabilities
  • Meet a range of identified needs of people with disabilities across lifespan under supervision and contribute to quality of life of the person with disabilities
  • Understand the difference between the medical and social models of disability

Target Audience: People providing care to people with disabilities those wishing to pursue a professional qualification in this area.

Entry Requirements: Level 4 Certificate, Leaving Certificate or equivalent qualifications and/or relevant life and work experiences. The course will be delivered in English and students are expected to have a good command of the English language.

Duration: 4 days

Certification: FETAC Level 5 Component Certificate in Disability Awareness
Cost: €375





Course: Patient Moving & Handling

Aim: To provide participants with the knowledge and skill to move patients safely

At the end of this course, particpants will:

  • Understand the law in relation to manual handling
  • Be able to identify manual handling risks
  • Be able to list the components of the musculo-skeletal system and explain their function
  • Be able to state the postures that cause a risk of injury when manual handling and demonstrate appropriate postures while conducting a range of tasks
  • Be able to conduct a risk assessment on a manual handling task
  • Be able demonstrate safe patient moving and handling techniques

Target Audience: People who have caring responsibilities that may be required to assist clients with transferring and positioning

Entry Requirements: The course will be delivered in English and students are expected to have a good command of the English language. This course includes a practical element involving patient moving and handling. Participants will be expected to by physically fit to participate.

Duration: 1 day

Certification: Certificate of Competence issued upon successful completion of the programme





Course: Manual Handling

Manual Handling Law Manual Handling Risk Assessment Manual Handling PPE

Aim: To provide participants with the knowledge and skills to assess a load for potential hazards, and to lift and handle loads safely

At the end of this course, particpants will:

  • Understand the law in relation to manual handling
  • Be able to identify manual handling risks
  • Be able to list the components of the musculo-skeletal system and explain their function
  • Be able to state the postures that cause a risk of injury when manual handling and demonstrate appropriate postures while conducting a range of tasks
  • Be able to identify risks associated with manual handling by conducting a risk assessment on the task
  • Understand the importance of wearing PPE
  • Be able demonstrate safe load moving and handling techniques

Target Audience: People who require certification in competence of manual handling

Entry Requirements: The course will be delivered in English and students are expected to have a good command of the English language. This course includes a practical element involving patient moving and handling. Participants will be expected to by physically fit to participate.

Duration: ½ day

Certification: Certificate of Competence issued upon successful completion of the programme





Course: Introduction to Nursing

Aim: This module explores the nursing profession. It introduces the learner to the caring role of the nurse and emphasises the importance of interpersonal communication. The module is mandatory for the Level 5 Certificate in Community and Health Services-Nursing Studies award.

At the end of this course, particpants will:

  • Be able to outline the history and development of nursing
  • Acquire a knowledge of the structure and function of the health care service in the Republic of Ireland
  • Know the various disciplines and specialities within nursing
  • Understand the nursing process
  • Be able appreciate the models of care
  • Be aware of nursing ethics and etiquette in care situations
  • Be able to communicate effectively in ways that are consistent with the carer's role
  • Become familiar with common nursing/medical terminology
  • Be able to perform a range of basic skills

Target Audience: People who provide care to patients and/or are interested in pursuing further studies in the area of nursing.

Entry Requirements: Level 4 Certificate, Leaving Certificate or equivalent qualifications and/or relevant life and work experiences. The course will be delivered in English and students are expected to have a good command of the English language.

Duration: 5 days

Certification: FETAC Level 5 Component Certificate in Introduction to Nursing
Cost: €450





Course: Health and Safety at Work

Aim: This module teaches students to meet the standards to be achieved to gain an FETAC credit in Safety and Health at Work at Level 5. It is mandatory module for t he Level 5 Certificate in Community Care and the Level 5 Certificate in Security Studies. It is designed to be taken across a wide range of vocational areas.

This module is designed to provide the learner with the skills and knowledge to promote and maintain safety and health in the working environment. The module should be delivered in the context of the learner's chosen vocational area.

At the end of this course, particpants will:

  • Understand the concepts of safety and health
  • Recognise the factors that influence health, safety and welfare
  • Apply the principles and procedures of health and safety to the workplace
  • Understand the importance of hazard identification and risk assessment
  • Promote safe working practices and procedures
  • Be familiar with core legislation in the area of safety, health ad welfare

Target Audience: People who require a certificate in Health and Safety at Work.

Entry Requirements: There are no prior entry requirements however the course will be delivered in English and students are expected to have a good command of the English language. The course also includes a practical element involving manual handling. Participants will be expected to by physically fit to participate.

Participants who have current manual handling certificates may be exempt from this section of the course.

Duration: 4 days

Certification: FETAC Level 5 Component Certificate in Safety and Health at Work
Cost: €375





Course: Human Growth and Development

Aim: This module aims to introduce learners to human development and behaviour from infancy to old age.
The module is designed for learners who intend to work in a variety of community/social care settings where frequent demand is made on the individual to relate to people at various levels of personal development and to understand the concepts of mental age and chronological age in order to be able to relate to people at a level appropriate to their needs. The module is also aimed at learners who wish to pursue further studies in this area.

The module comprises 3 units as follows:

  • The Psychology of Childhood
  • The Psychology of Adolescence
  • The Psychology of Adulthood
At the end of this course, particpants will:

  • Understand the concept of human development from conception to old age
  • Understand normal patterns of development from infancy to old age
  • Explore their own personal prejudices, fears and anxieties about working with people in need of care
  • Develop interpersonal / interactive skills appropriate to responding to the needs of others
  • Apply skills and knowledge to typical work based problems
  • Develop self-confidence and empathy in dealing with people

Target Audience: People who require a certificate in Human Growth and Development.

Entry Requirements: There are no prior entry requirements however the course will be delivered in English and students are expected to have a good command of the English language. The course also includes a practical element involving patient moving and handling. Participants will be expected to by physically fit to participate.

Duration: 5 days

Certification: FETAC Level 5 Component Certificate in Human Growth and Development
Cost: €450





Course: Infection Prevention and Control

Aim: This module is a statement of the standards to be achieved to gain a FETAC credit in Infection Prevention & Control at Level 5.
The module is designed for learners who intend to work in a variety of community/social care settings where frequent demand is made on the individual to relate to people at various levels of personal development and to understand the concepts of mental age and chronological age in order to be able to relate to people at a level appropriate to their needs. The module is also aimed at learners who wish to pursue further studies in this area.

The module comprises 4 units as follows:

  • Basic Microbiology
  • Healthcare-Associated Infections
  • Health Management: Corporate and Individual Responsibility in relation to Infection Prevention and Control
  • Principles of Infection Control: Standard Precautions and Transmission-Based Precautions

At the end of this course, particpants will:

  • Understand what the area of Infection Control means and its importance for every member of the Healthcare team
  • Have a better understanding of the basic principles of infection control and be able to apply standard precautions in relation to infection control
  • Be aware of the importance of infection prevention and control in providing a safe environment for patients, staff and visitors
  • Be aware of healthcare-associated infection
  • Understand their own role in the prevention of the spread of infection

Target Audience: People who require a certificate in Infection Prevention and Control

Entry Requirements: There are no prior entry requirements however the course will be delivered in English and students are expected to have a good command of the English language. The course also includes a practical element involving patient moving and handling. Participants will be expected to by physically fit to participate.

Duration: 5 days

Certification: FETAC Level 5 Component Certificate in Infection Prevention and Control
Cost: €450


Course: Train the Trainer

Award:

FETAC Level 6, Special Purpose Award in Train the Trainer

Programme Aim:

To provide people in a range of key areas with skills to design, develop and deliver training 
programmes on behalf of the company

Programme Objective:

Learners who successfully complete this module will:

• understand different learning styles
• understand the functions and processes of learning and training
• evaluate different approaches to training
• appreciate the importance of training on an individual, social and economic level
• work effectively with a range of learner groups
• design, deliver and evaluate training programmes
• develop and implement appropriate assessment methods

This programme contains 6 units:

1. Theory of Training & Adult Learning
2. The Role of the Trainer
3. Training Needs Analysis and Programme Design
4. Preparing for Training Delivery
5. Delivery & Assessment
6. Evaluation of Training

Assessment

In order to successfully achieve the award, learners will be required to complete a range of 
assessments including a skills demonstration, as follows:

1. Essay on Learning Styles
2. Essay on Equality in Training
3. Training Needs Analysis
4. Design a training plan
5. Conduct an in-class presentation on their training programme (15 mins)
6. Deliver a training programme to a live audience (e.g. carers, office staff etc)
7. Evaluate the training programme delivered


High level programme plan

Day 1
• Theory of Training and Adult Learning
• Role of the Trainer

Day 2
• Training Needs Analysis  
• Programme Design

Day 3
• Preparation for Training Delivery
• Delivery and Assessment

Day 4
• Training Delivery (individual presentations)
• Training Evaluation


Course: Palliative Care

Aim: to equip the learner with the knowledge, skills and competence to enable them to care for and address the needs of a person and their family after the diagnosis of a life-limiting illness, in a dignified, holistic and inclusive manner.
The module comprises four units as follows:

  • Working with a palliative care approach
  • Communication skills
  • Death and dying
  • Bereavement care

At the end of this course, participants will:
  • Understand the philosophy and principles of palliative care
  • Summarize the structure and organization of palliative care services including the role of the multi-disciplinary team
  • Discuss the role of the support worker in promoting life quality, self esteem, respect, privacy and dignity within a palliative care setting
  • Explore different attitudes towards death and dying and display an understanding of individual patterns of grief, bereavement and loss
  • Employ a range of communication strategies and processes within a palliative care setting
  • Apply a person centered approach when caring for someone approaching their last days
  • Respond effectively to someone experiencing confusion towards the end of their life
  • Work effectively and display sensitivity when dealing and communicating with the client, family members, and loved ones

Target Audience: People providing care to people diagnosed with a life limiting illness and those working in a palliative care setting.

Entry Requirements: National Vocational Certificate Level 4, Leaving Certificate or equivalent qualifications and/or relevant life and work experiences. The course will be delivered in English and students are expected to have a good command of the English language. The course has a strong emotional component and participants are expected to be emotionally and psychologically fit to participate.

Duration: 5 days

Certification: FETAC Level 5 Component Certificate in Care of the Older Person

Cost: €450