Unit 16: Understanding Specific Needs

Unit 16: Understanding Specific Needs in Health and Social Care

Unit code:                  M/601/1623

QCF level:                  QCF Level 5/ NFQ Level 6/7

Credit value:              15


The aim of this unit is to enable learners to gain insight into the ways that health and social care services empower users with specific needs to access the services they need easily.

Unit abstract

Because meeting the diverse demands of individuals with specific requirements is integral to the work of our health and social care services, learners considering a career in these fields will need  to know the ways that services respond to these demands. Learners will find out how a specific need is defined and how perceptions of individuals with such needs are influenced and can   change over time. The care requirements of individuals with specific needs will be investigated, together with the way in which legislation, organisations and services support such needs.

Learners will have the opportunity to develop understanding of the impact the approaches and interventions have on individuals (particularly those who display challenging behaviour) and how, in turn, their needs affect the ways that services are provided. Whilst learners will be able to develop an overview of the range of specific needs, they may focus their study on those special needs relevant to their employment, voluntary work or placement.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit a learner will:

  1. Understand perceptions of health, disability, illness and behaviour
  2. Understand how health and social care services and systems support individuals with specific  needs
  3. Understand approaches and intervention strategies that support individuals with specific  needs
  4. Understand strategies for coping with challenging behaviours associated with specific needs.