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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Identify common conditions and ailments and provide information relating to health and medicine 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
256495  Identify common conditions and ailments and provide information relating to health and medicine 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Pharmacy 
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  10 
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 is aimed at individuals entering the pharmaceutical field and/or related fields. Individuals credited with this standard will have a clear understanding of medicine as it affects the human body and will be able to identify common conditions and ailments. In addition they will be able to provide information relating to health and medicines within their scope of practice. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
It is assumed that the learner is competent in:
  • Communication at NQF Level 3.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Describe the effects of medicines on the human body. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The systems of the human body are anatomically described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The physiological functions of the systems of the human body are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The body's basic defence to external and environmental stimuli is explained with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The expected actions of medicines on the body are described at an elementary level. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The interaction of the individual's body with medicines is described and adverse reactions to medicines are explained with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Describe common conditions and minor ailments. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Common conditions which affect health within the local community are identified and described. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Common health conditions include TB, HIV/AIDS, malaria, waterborne diseases, asthma, emphysema, cardiac conditions, bronchitis, and environmental hazards.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Common minor ailments are identified and described. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Common minor ailments include conditions such as diarrhoea, vomiting, coughs and colds, first aid related.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Clients with special requirements are identified and examples are given. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Special requirements include pregnancy, breastfeeding, sport, old age, infirmity, infancy, porphyria.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Provide information to promote health. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The effect of the scope of practice on the provision of information is explained indicating what is and what isn't allowed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Interventions to address the identified common health conditions and minor ailments are described. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The effect of special requirements on the planned intervention is explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Appropriate information is elicited from a client. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Health information and products provided are in line with the Scope of Practice. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Health information and products include lifestyle, nutrition, hygiene, scheduled and complementary medicines.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The client is referred to the relevant professional or service when information or products are beyond the limitations of the Scope of Practice. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderators must be accredited and allocated by the relevant ETQA or ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding in place with the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The concepts:
  • Adverse reactions.
  • Appropriate information.
  • Scope of Practice.
  • Correct and safe storage. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Solving problems.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome:
  • Provide information to promote health. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work with others in a team.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome:
  • Provide information to promote health. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise oneself and ones activities.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise, and critically evaluate information.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use of science and technology.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome:
  • Describe the effects of medicines on the human body. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand the world as a set of related systems.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

    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 
    Assessment criteria "The actions of medicines on the body are described at an elementary level." refers to elementary pharmacodynamics.
    Assessment criteria "The interaction of the body with medicines is described at an elementary level." refers to elementary pharmacokinetics. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  72050   Further Education and Training Certificate: Pharmacist Assistance  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  72049   National Certificate: Pharmacist Assistance  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2021-06-30  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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