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|SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY|
|Occupational Certificate: Healthcare Cleaner|
|SAQA QUAL ID||QUALIFICATION TITLE|
|118730||Occupational Certificate: Healthcare Cleaner|
|Development Quality Partner-Services SETA|
|PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY||NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK|
|-||OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework|
|Occupational Certificate||Field 11 - Services||Cleaning, Domestic, Hiring, Property and Rescue Services|
|ABET BAND||MINIMUM CREDITS||PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL||NQF LEVEL||QUAL CLASS|
|Undefined||120||Not Applicable||NQF Level 02||Regular-ELOAC|
|REGISTRATION STATUS||SAQA DECISION NUMBER||REGISTRATION START DATE||REGISTRATION END DATE|
|LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT||LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT|
|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 qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification.
|PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION|
The purpose of this qualification is to prepare a learner to operate as a Healthcare Cleaner.
A Healthcare Cleaner performs cleaning tasks in medical facilities to achieve a clean, hygienic, and safe environment within the context of the prevention of the spread of infections and diseases.
A qualified learner will be able to:
This qualification will equip learners with the necessary skills and competence to conduct cleaning and sanitation services in different health care environments, including hospitals, clinics, veterinary clinics, dental and medical consulting rooms, frail care and old age homes, sick bays, first aid rooms. After successful completion of this qualification, the learner will be a skilled and capable of maintaining required standards of hygiene and sanitation.
Healthcare Cleaners are employed by organisations to perform cleaning services in support of nursing or healthcare staff and will find employment as hospital cleaners, ward cleaners, low and medium risk area cleaners, and medical facility cleaners. Target groups identified include school leavers with an NQF Level 1 qualification or persons who has been working in the health care environment without formal qualifications and has the desire to formalise their skills and knowledge.
Effective cleaning and hygiene standards are one of the most important factors in the control and containment of the spread of disease-causing illnesses within healthcare facilities. Employers will benefit from appointing qualified workers in terms of increased productivity and ability to maintain standards of excellence expected from health care facilities by the public in general and the medical profession. This qualification responds to a specific need in the South African cleaning and healthcare industries to provide a standard for the development of persons employed as a healthcare cleaner in both public and private facilities such as hospitals, clinics, veterinary clinics, dental and medical consulting rooms, frail care and old age homes, sick bays, first aid rooms.
The following associations and professional bodies were consulted during the development of this Occupational Qualification:
|LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING|
|Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
RPL for Access to the External Integrated Summative Assessment
Accredited providers and approved workplaces must apply the internal assessment criteria specified in the related curriculum document to establish and confirm prior learning. Accredited providers and workplaces must confirm prior learning by issuing a statement of result or certifying a work experience record.
RPL for Access to the Qualification
Accredited providers and approved workplaces may recognise prior learning against the relevant access requirements.
The minimum entry requirement for this qualification is:
|RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING?|
|This qualification is made up of compulsory Knowledge, Practical Skill and Work Experience Modules:
Total number of credits for Knowledge Modules: 43
Practical Skill Modules
Total number of credits for Practical Skill Modules: 36
Work Experience Modules
Total number of credits for Work Experience Modules: 51
|EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES|
|1. Uphold personal hygiene and workplace safety standards.
2. Achieve a hygienic, clean healthcare environment.
3. Attend to healthcare laundry items.
|ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA|
|Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 1:
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 2:
Associated Assessment Criteria for Exit Level Outcome 3:
Integrated Formative Assessment
The skills development provider will use the curriculum to guide them on the stipulated internal assessment criteria and weighting. They will also apply the scope of practical skills and applied knowledge as stipulated by the internal assessment criteria. This formative assessment leads to entrance into the integrated external summative assessment.
Integrated Summative Assessment
An external integrated summative assessment, conducted through the relevant QCTO Assessment Quality Partner is required for the issuing of this qualification. The external integrated summative assessment will focus on the exit level outcomes and associated assessment criteria.
|This qualification was compared with two learning programs, namely the:
The New Zealand Qualifications Authority recognises the Certificate in Cleaning (Level 2) with optional endorsement in Health Care Facilities Cleaning (Code: 039909). The Health Care Facilities Cleaning is an optional program that builds on the core cleaning skills and knowledge to recognise the skills required for cleaning specifically in health care facilities under supervision.
The program covers the following areas of learning:
The New Zealand standard is reregistered as a unit standard based certificate on the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) as a Health Care Facilities strand linked to the National Certificate in Cleaning and Caretaking (Level 2). A credit value of 49 credits is allocated to the full qualification inclusive of the Health Care Facilities strand. The New Zealand example selected is comparable to the South African qualification but places less emphasis on specialised health care cleaning aspects such as the cleaning of different surfaces and handling of laundry items in a health care environment.
United Kingdom (UK)
The Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals (AHCP) is the principal organisation in the UK which represents all areas of healthcare cleaning services in public and private hospitals, Primary Care Trusts, care and nursing homes, dental and GP clinics and surgeries as well as the mental health field. The AHCP is a member of the British Cleaning Council.
"The AHCP is an influential force in healthcare cleaning in the UK today. AHCP members are present in every healthcare trust in England, Scotland, and Wales and in a growing number of hospitals and clinics in both Northern Ireland and the Republic. Individual membership is steadily growing as is the network of regional branches. Expertise is shared and best practice encouraged through local branch and national study days, workshops and conferences" (http://britishcleaningcouncil.org/members-2/).
The revised healthcare cleaning manual published by Healthcare Cleaning Professional provides a detail overview of the learning areas included in the learning program promoted by the AHCP (http://www.ahcp.co.uk/resources/healthcare-cleaning-manual.html).
Areas of learning covers the following areas of learning:
The South African qualification is comparable with the guide published by the Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals. This South African qualification includes studies in handling of laundry items not covered by the selected UK standard.
This qualification compares well with the New Zealand certificate as well as the learning program presented under the auspices of the Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals, a member of the British Cleaning Council. The South African qualification is specifically aligned with the specific requirements of the industry.
|This qualification provides opportunities for both horizontal and vertical articulation options.
|Qualifying for External Assessment:
To qualify for an external assessment, learners must provide proof of completion of all required knowledge and practical modules by means of statements of results and a record of completed work experience.
Additional Legal or Physical Entry Requirements:
Criteria for the accreditation of providers
Accreditation of providers will be done against the criteria as reflected in the relevant curriculum on the QCTO website.
The curriculum title and code are: Healthcare Cleaner: 811202-000-00-00.
This qualification encompasses the following trades as recorded on the NLRD:
Assessment Quality Partner (AQP)
LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION
|LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION:|
|PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION:|
|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.