SLA Claire Connor has now achieved her Lead Adult Care Worker NVQ 3 and passed with distinction.
Her assessor commented: “She demonstrated an excellent understanding of all concepts and was able to relate these to her practice. She was able to give robust, highly detailed examples of improving the performance of colleagues, acting as a role model whilst communicating effectively, using communication methods preferred by the individuals in her setting, managing and contributing to the induction of new staff and carrying out robust research that she implemented in her setting and shared with other staff.”
The team at SLSW are proud of her achievements and Claire is proud of herself and rightly so.
“I was very pleased, if not a little bit surprised and just a little bit chuffed,” she said.
“The course started in July 2018 and I had 15 months to complete the three elements. I finished the assignment element in April this year, but had to wait a couple of months until I was able to complete the exam and professional discussion elements.”
Part one of the course was assignment based made up of 12 compulsory units and a further six optional units that Claire could choose from. The compulsory elements consisted areas of work around the care certificate. Each unit is studied independently with support from a tutor. Part two was a 60 question multiple choice exam, while the third part was a 45 minute professional discussion. Claire had to answer questions and was given scenario’s. Here she had to apply the knowledge gained during her studies.
For many years Claire worked as part of the admin team before more recently moving to the SLA role.
“As this was predominantly a distance learning NVQ course I would use my day’s off to study for the individual assignments,” said Claire.
“The team were very good and would allow me to accompany them on visits. As I became more confident, I was able to write the visits up. The team were great at giving me constructive advise and support. I couldn’t have done it with out their support.
“I would like to undertake further study in the future. Maybe specialise in a specific area such as mental health.”
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