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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Provide palliative care to terminally ill patients and support to their families 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
120176  Provide palliative care to terminally ill patients and support to their families 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Nursing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 09 - Health Sciences and Social Services Curative Health 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard will enable the learner to offer palliative care to the patient as well as psychological support to the patient and the family members during the illness and through the process of dying.

The learner will function within the scope of practice of an enrolled auxiliary nurse as formulated by South African Nursing Council Regulations, institutional policies related to specific occupational settings and the parameters of the capabilities of the learner at this level.

Learners credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Implement palliative care to ensure a dignified death.
  • Support the terminally ill patient through the process of dying and death.
  • Support the family and friends of the terminally ill patient through the process of dying, death and bereavement. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners starting with this standard are expected to be competent in:
  • Mathematical literacy at NQF level 2.
  • Communication at NQF level 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Implement palliative care to ensure a dignified death. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Care of the terminally ill patient is implemented according to the principles of palliative care and institutional policy where relevant. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Support the terminally ill patient through the process of dying and death. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The terminally ill patient is physically and emotionally supported during the dying process. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Support the family and friends of the terminally ill patient through the process of dying, death and bereavement. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The family and friends are supported emotionally during the period of terminal illness, loss, grief and bereavement by communicating in a helping manner. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • The stages of the dying process.
  • Death practices and beliefs in different cultures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
  • Implement palliative care to ensure a dignified death.
  • Support the terminally ill patient through the process of dying and death.
  • Support the family and friends of the terminally ill patient through the process of dying, death and bereavement. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
  • Implement palliative care to ensure a dignified death.
  • Support the terminally ill patient through the process of dying and death.
  • Support the family and friends of the terminally ill patient through the process of dying, death and bereavement. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
  • Implement palliative care to ensure a dignified death.
  • Support the terminally ill patient through the process of dying and death.
  • Support the family and friends of the terminally ill patient through the process of dying, death and bereavement. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
  • Implement palliative care to ensure a dignified death.
  • Support the terminally ill patient through the process of dying and death.
  • Support the family and friends of the terminally ill patient through the process of dying, death and bereavement. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
  • Implement palliative care to ensure a dignified death.
  • Support the terminally ill patient through the process of dying and death.
  • Support the family and friends of the terminally ill patient through the process of dying, death and bereavement. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
  • Implement palliative care to ensure a dignified death.
  • Support the terminally ill patient through the process of dying and death. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
  • Implement palliative care to ensure a dignified death. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
  • Implement palliative care to ensure a dignified death.
  • Support the terminally ill patient through the process of dying and death.
  • Support the family and friends of the terminally ill patient through the process of dying, death and bereavement. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Integrated Assessment:

    The South African Nursing Council guidelines are used as a reference for clinical competence.

    Formative:

    A variety of assessment strategies and/or approaches must be used. These could be, but are not limited to:
  • Tests.
  • Assignments.
  • Workbooks.
  • Projects.
  • Demonstrations.
  • Clinical assessments.

    Summative:

    May take the form of:
    > written
    > practical
    > oral assessment
    as agreed to by the relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.

    Matrix to indicate how credits are derived:

    Learning experience:
  • Theoretical learning: 30 hours, 3 credits
  • Experiential Learning: 50 hours, 5 credits
  • Total: 80 hours, 8 credits 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  71709   National Certificate: Auxiliary Nursing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.