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Assessment Package Overview

Careerforce, with support from Hospice New Zealand, has developed an assessment package to recognise the competency of the workforce providing palliative and end of life care.

Support workers or health professionals who attended the Hospice New Zealand Fundamentals of Palliative Care programme or those working in a palliative care setting who want to gain recognition for their work may get assessed and credentialised through Careerforce.

We thank Hospice New Zealand and representatives of Hospice Waikato and Rotorua Hospice for being the Subject Matter Experts whose input shaped the development of the original assessments.


Assessment Package Outline

The package includes learning support and assessment for the following unit standards:

Unit Standard Title: 28738 Describe the key principles of palliative care and a support worker’s role in a palliative approach to care
Credit, Level: Credits 3, Level 3
Unit standard Contributes to: New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 3) Support Work and Health Assistance Strands
Assessment Type: Short answer questions, marked by an assessor online on Aka Toi or paper based

 

Unit Standard Title: 29523 Apply a palliative care approach in a health or wellbeing setting
Credit, Level: Credits 8, Level 4
Unit standard Contributes to: New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 4) Advanced Care and Support
Assessment Type: Short answer questions, marked by an assessor online on Aka Toi or paper based. Two observations to cover the application of palliative care and last days of life care.

Enrolment Criteria

This Assessment Package is for:

  • Support workers or health professionals who attended the Hospice New Zealand Fundamentals of Palliative Care programme who want to be assessed and receive recognition for these two unit standards.
  • People in palliative care settings or those providing palliative and last days of life care to a person or patient.
  • Those enrolled in, or have completed, the Health Assistance and Support Work strands (Level 3), Advanced Support (Level 4) and Advanced Care and Support (Level 4) who, with the support of their workplace and Careerforce, may choose these unit standards as electives.

Trainees are encouraged to attend the Fundamentals of Palliative Care programme through their local Hospice to support their learning before undergoing the assessment.

Please Note:

  • People enrolling in the Level 4 unit are required to be working in a palliative care or an end of life care setting, and will require the support of care professionals to complete their assessments.
  • Assessors at Level 4 must have specific scope for assessing this unit standard.

Enrolment Fees

  • The fees (normally $85) are free until 31 December 2022.
  • Please contact your local Hospice for their workshop fees and enrolment.

Before enrolling in these units, please ensure you are able to access an Assessor with scope to assess these units. 

Contact us

To enrol in the Palliative Care Assessment Package, please call 0800 277 486email: info@careerforce.org.nz or speak to your local Careerforce Workplace Advisor

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Level 4

Ideal for

  • Support workers or health professionals providing palliative or end of life care.
  • Those who may have been enrolled in the Health Assistance and Support Work strands (Level 3) and Advanced Care and Support (Level 4) or attended the Hospice New Zealand Fundamentals of Palliative Care programme.

Relevant for the following sectors

  • Aged Care
  • Healthcare Services
  • Home & Community Support
  • 3 (at Level 3) & 8 (at Level 4) Credits
  • $85 (inc GST) FREE ENROLMENT*