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Current qualification accepted

Recommended for practice:

  1. Agored Cymru Level 3 Diploma in Occupational Therapy Support

  2. Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) Wales and Northern Ireland

  3. Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Children and Young People) Wales and Northern Ireland

A large number of allied health professionals work in partnership with social care services to provide services to people in the community. Some are employed in social care and need to register to practice, but they do not have to register with Social Care Wales.

Occupational therapists and some other allied health professionals working in social care need to be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. The qualifications required by these workers can be found on the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) website.

Registration is not required

Other qualifications accepted

  1. NVQ 3 Health and Social Care (Adults / Children and Young People)

  2. NVQ 3 Promoting Independence

Other UK qualifications accepted

England:

  1. Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) England

It is recommended that workers attain this additional unit (if they have not already taken it as part of their Diploma):

  • SS MU 3.1 Understand sensory loss.
  1. Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (Children and Young People’s Social Care Pathway)

No additional learning required.

Northern Ireland:

  1. Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) Wales and Northern Ireland

This is the same qualification, although it is recommended that workers attain this additional unit (if they have not already taken it as part of their Diploma):

  • SS MU 3.1 Understand sensory loss.

Scotland :

  1. Level 3 SVQ Health and Social Care (Adults)

  2. Level 3 SVQ Health and Social Care (Children and Young People)

No additional learning required.

Induction requirements

The All Wales Induction Framework for Health and Social Care (AWIF) is a new induction framework designed for social care workers and healthcare support workers. It covers care and support for adults, and children and young people. It provides a structure for a common induction in health and social care across Wales and outlines the knowledge and skills new workers need to gain in the first six months of employment.

All employers have a responsibility to make sure their new workers receive a suitable induction using this induction framework. Workers may be new to the role, organisation or sector.