This course is designed to enable you to increase your understanding about risk assessment and risk management in health and social care.
The course begins by explaining what risk is and outlining the meaning of the term 'risk assessment'. It then explains how to calculate risk, and the importance of recognising different people's perceptions of risk situations.
In Stage Two, you will learn about the main legislation, policy and guidance relevant to risk assessment and risk management. The course then describes the recommended process of risk assessment, referring to the Health and Safety Executive's 'five steps'.
You will then learn how to develop risk management plans, applying the learning to case studies within the module.
In the final stage, the course outlines the process of individual risk assessment, with information on using 'positive risk assessment' and a 'strengths based approach'. Finally, you will learn the importance of partnership working and sharing information when supporting individuals to manage their own risk.
The learning outcomes for this course are:
- Identify the meaning of the term ‘risk’ and outline the meaning of ‘risk assessment’;
- Recall legislation, policy and guidelines on managing risks to individuals and others;
- Outline the process of risk assessment and the development of risk management plans;
- Recall the principles of sensible risk management;
- Know the importance of reviewing incidents and learning from them;
- Outline good practice in risk assessment of individuals and identify what should be included in an individual’s risk assessment;
- Define the terms ‘positive risk management’ and ‘strengths based approach’.
- Know the importance of working with other agencies to manage risks and communicating these risks effectively.