Unit 21: Supporting Significant Life Events

Unit code:               D/601/1648

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

Credit value:          15


The aim of this unit is to enable learners to investigate the support available for those experiencing significant life events and the effectiveness of service responses in supporting such individuals.

Unit abstract

In this unit learners will investigate how individuals may be supported through expected and unexpected transitions associated with the human life cycle and with adjustment to change such  as entering, moving within, or leaving a health and social care service. The responsibilities of ensuring that a service is responsive to the needs of individuals experiencing trauma and loss will be discussed.

Learners will look at ways in which health and social care services may contribute to the maintenance of dignity and self-image for those experiencing trauma and loss. Learners will also explore how staff working with individuals experiencing significant life events may also be supported.

This unit is recommended for those learners who have had experience of managing health and social  care services.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit a learner will:

  1. Understand how significant life events impact on individuals and their social networks

  2. Understand the support available for individuals experiencing significant life events
  3. Be able to analyse responses made by health and social care services to support individuals experiencing significant life  events.