Health & Social Care

Health & Social Care Training

Pentagon Skills is an accredited training provider that specialise in training for the Health and Social Care sector.

We are your one stop shop for all training requirements, providing training to suit the needs of both our learners and our clients. We provide tailored training solutions that are specifically designed around our clients training matrix in order to ensure that compliance is maintained without a heavy administrative involvement on their part.

We provide all learners with a dedicated, qualified and industry experienced assessor who will provide guidance and on-going support via individually tailored support plans which we employ in order to ensure the learner journey is both fulfilling, enjoyable and achievable.

Our training can be delivered via an online user-friendly transparent e-portfolio system that allows the learners progress to be monitored and supported by the assessor in real time.

The e-portfolio solutions that we use are compatible with smartphones, tablets, PC/ laptop and some smart TV’s. This system is user friendly and as easy to navigate as any social media site (if you can use Facebook, Twitter or any other social media site, this system will be easy for you to navigate). We find that the fact that assistance can be provided in real time, rather than waiting for monthly support visits, ensures that our learners complete their qualifications in a good timeframe, whilst feeling inclusive, supported and motivated.

​Clients

Our client base is formed of the following:

  • Individual learners looking to upskill and develop within their own career
  • Nursing homes
  • Care homes
  • Residential homes
  • Domiciliary Care
  • Any health and social care sector that provides care and support to adults.

Turnkey Training Management

We provide training appraisals, create & manage training matrix for our clients which removes the hassle and administration from their business and allows them to focus on what is really important, caring!

We are your training partner, working together and supporting your business to ensure that you achieve competence and CQC compliance in all areas.
If you feel that your business would benefit from a training appraisal then please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.

Sources of funding available

  • Fully funded through WDF Funding
  • No Functional Skills Required
  • No employer contribution
  • No End point Assessment
  • Completed in 16 weeks

Eligibility

  • You are registered with NMDS-SC and are eligible within the new funding year.
  • Become a member with a local partnership or skills for care direct access
  • Enrol eligible learners onto the qualification
  • Once complete Submit qualification certification to claim back money

For an appraisal of your training requirements email us via the contact page.

​Courses

All our courses are available via both funded and commercial (paid) routes. We source and match our learners to funding streams that are available wherever possible and would encourage anyone who has any questions about funding or payment methods to get in touch with our team so that we can establish your eligibility and provide the best solution for you.

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

The qualification is suitable for learners of 16 years of age and above.

For learners working in a wide range of roles in health and adult care settings

Every learner will be allocated an industry experienced, dedicated assessor who will support and guide you through the assessment process to ensure that you are informed and motivated to complete the course in good time.
Level 2 courses comprise a combination of knowledge tasks and on-site observation.
The knowledge tasks are a series of questions and answers. The questions are accessed via an online e-portfolio which gives your assessor real time access to your work in order that it can be reviewed, assessed and feedback issued as soon as it has been completed. Alternatively, the traditional paper-based delivery system can be used for those who prefer to do so.

Who should apply for a level 2 NVQ course?

NVQ Level 2 Diploma in care (RQF) qualifications are designed for candidates that want to develop competence and must be in paid or voluntary work to be able to meet the criteria.

  • Adult care worker
  • Healthcare assistant/support worker
  • Personal assistant

Course length:

The course length is dependent on how quickly the candidate can gather the required course evidence. This can be as little as 16 weeks.

Payment Methods:

  • Courses can be purchased privately by individuals.
  • Funding available via skills for care
  • Student finance is also available for most courses for employed and self-employed candidates. No repayments are required to be made until the candidate is earning in excess of £25K per annum. Self-employed candidates can undertake the course and the annual payment is calculated and taken from the year-end tax return (Government terms can subject to change, ask for up to date advice).

For learners working in a wide range of roles in health and adult care settings

Every learner will be allocated an industry experienced, dedicated assessor who will support and guide you through the assessment process to ensure that you are informed and motivated to complete the course in good time.
Level 3 courses comprise a combination of knowledge tasks and on-site observation.
The knowledge tasks are a series of questions and answers. The questions are accessed via an online e-portfolio which gives your assessor real time access to your work in order that it can be reviewed, assessed and feedback issued as soon as it has been completed. Alternatively, the traditional paper-based delivery system can be used for those who prefer to do so.

Who should apply for a level 3 NVQ course?

NVQ Level 3 Diploma in adult care (RQF) qualifications are designed for candidates that want to develop competence and must be in paid or voluntary work to be able to meet the criteria.

  • Adult care worker
  • Healthcare assistant/support worker
  • Personal assistant

Progression from the level 3 leads onto to level 4 Diploma in Adult care.

Course length:

The course length is dependent on how quickly the candidate can gather the required course evidence. This can be as little as 16 weeks.

Payment Methods:

    • Courses can be purchased privately by individuals.
    • Funding available via skills for care
    • Student finance is also available for most courses for employed and self-employed candidates. No repayments are required to be made until the candidate is earning in excess of £25K per annum. Self-employed candidates can undertake the course and the annual payment is calculated and taken from the year-end tax return (Government terms can subject to change, ask for up to date advice).

For learners working towards a level 4 Diploma in adult care will have and develop further the responsibility to lead in assessment or enablement in quality of care delivered, also to mentor and coach other colleagues.

Every learner will be allocated an industry experienced, dedicated assessor who will support and guide you through the assessment process to ensure that you are informed and motivated to complete the course in good time.

Level 4 courses comprise a combination of knowledge tasks and on-site observation.

The knowledge tasks are a series of questions and answers. The questions are accessed via an online e-portfolio which gives your assessor real time access to your work in order that it can be reviewed, assessed and feedback issued as soon as it has been completed. Alternatively, the traditional paper-based delivery system can be used for those who prefer to do so.

Who should apply for a level 4 NVQ course?

NVQ Level 4 Diploma in Adult care (RQF) qualifications are designed for candidates that want to develop competence and must be in paid or voluntary work to be able to meet the criteria.

On completion of the Level 4 NVQ course you will be level 4 Qualified
Progression such as level 5 in leadership and management for adult care.

Course length:

The course length is dependent on how quickly the candidate can gather the required course evidence.

Payment Methods:

  • Courses can be purchased privately by individuals.
  • Funding available via skills for care
  • Student finance is also available for most courses for employed and self-employed candidates. No repayments are required to be made until the candidate is earning in excess of £25K per annum. Self-employed candidates can undertake the course and the annual payment is calculated and taken from the year-end tax return (Government terms can subject to change, ask for up to date advice).

For learners to develop the knowledge and skills required by managers and leaders. Achieving the qualification should enable learners to innovate and respond to a changing environment and to meet challenges and opportunities within the sector.

Every learner will be allocated an industry experienced, dedicated assessor who will support and guide you through the assessment process to ensure that you are informed and motivated to complete the course in good time.
Level 5 courses comprise a combination of knowledge tasks and on-site observation.
The knowledge tasks are a series of questions and answers. The questions are accessed via an online e-portfolio which gives your assessor real time access to your work in order that it can be reviewed, assessed and feedback issued as soon as it has been completed. Alternatively, the traditional paper-based delivery system can be used for those who prefer to do so.

Who should apply for a level 5 NVQ course?

NVQ Level 5 Diploma in care (RQF) qualifications are designed for candidates that want to develop competence and must be in paid or voluntary work to be able to meet the criteria.
On completion of the Level 5 NVQ course you will be level 5 Qualified
Progression:

  • Care Manager
  • Officers in charge/ registered manager
  • Day services manager

Course length:

The course length is dependent on how quickly the candidate can gather the required course evidence. 12 months.

Payment Methods:

    • Courses can be purchased privately by individuals.
    • Funding available via skills for care
    • Student finance is also available for most courses for employed and self-employed candidates. No repayments are required to be made until the candidate is earning in excess of £25K per annum. Self-employed candidates can undertake the course and the annual payment is calculated and taken from the year-end tax return (Government terms can subject to change, ask for up to date advice).

Standalone courses are available within most areas and these accredited courses are allow the candidates to achieve a qualification in specialist subject areas which is not achieved through standard annual CPD training.
These courses are often undertaken to improve knowledge and skill within areas of care that are relevant to the candidate’s job role and support learners in accommodating additional responsibilities and for the purposes of career progression.

These courses are available to all candidates (including those who already have an NVQ qualification) and can also be used for purposes of CPD.
The following list comprises the additional, standalone courses that we deliver via commercial (paid) and funded streams. These courses are all accredited through TQUK and the completion time for these qualifications can vary depending on the required credits for each course.

We are able to deliver other courses than those stated below, therefore, if you do not find the course that you are looking for within the list, contact our friendly and helpful team who will assist you in your query.

  • LEVEL 2 Certificate in assisting and moving individuals for a social care setting
  • LEVEL 2 Award in Awareness of Dementia
  • LEVEL 2 Certificate in Dementia care
  • LEVEL 3 Award in Awareness of Dementia
  • LEVEL 2 Certificate in understanding the care and management of Diabetes
  • LEVEL 2 Award in Awareness of end of Life care
  • LEVEL 3 Award in Awareness of end of life care
  • LEVEL 5 Certificate Leading and managing services to support end of life and significant life events
  • LEVEL 2 Award Food Safety in Health and Social care and Early years and childcare settings
  • LEVEL 2 Award in Promoting Food Safety & Nutrition in Health and social care or early years and childcare settings
  • LEVEL 2 Certificate in Supporting individuals with learning disabilities
  • LEVEL 3 Certificate in Supporting individuals with learning disabilities
  • LEVEL 2 Certificate in Understanding the safe handling of medication
  • LEVEL 3 Award in Awareness of the Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • LEVEL 2 Certificate in Awareness of mental health problems
  • LEVEL 3 Certificate in Understanding mental health care
  • LEVEL 2 Award in Stroke Awareness

We can provide in house CPD training in all mandatory training areas, contact us for more information and availability.

We also have a large number of cost-effective e-learning/ online courses that are available via our e-learning platform.