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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Develop and implement a client ARV treatment plan 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
117507  Develop and implement a client ARV treatment plan 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Ancillary Health Care 
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 is for health workers in the community who will provide mentoring and support for the client who is receiving Anti retroviral (ARV) treatment.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Develop a client treatment plan.
  • Explain the importance of the treatment plan to the client.
  • Provide guidance and support to the client in relation to the treatment plan.
  • Support the client in adhering to the treatment plan. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The credit calculation for this unit standard is based on the assumption that learners are already competent in terms of the following outcomes or areas of learning when starting to learn towards this unit standard:
  • Apply accurate information about HIV & AIDS to everyday life.
  • Apply active Listening skills in the care and support environment.
  • Provide accurate information about Tuberculosis and directly observed treatment (DOTS).
  • Apply accurate information about HIV and AIDS and treatment options to community care and support situations. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Develop a client treatment plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The plan includes accurate information about ARV Treatment and the key elements required for adherence. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The role and functions of both parties are clarified in terms of the joint commitment and buy-in to the implementation of the plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The plan is realistic and appropriate for the needs and circumstances of the client and takes into account the client's psychosocial and economic situation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The client is actively involved in the development of the treatment plan in terms the ability to understand and adhere to the plan. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain the importance of the treatment plan to the client. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The details of the plan are explained in terms of all the key elements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Dangers of non-adherence to the treatment plan are explained in terms of drug resistance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Barriers to adherence to the treatment plan are identified in terms of lifestyle and suitable interventions to address the barriers. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Understanding of the importance of adherence to the plan is confirmed with the client in terms of ultimately improving the quality of life. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Provide guidance and support to the client in relation to the treatment plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The common side effects of treatment are explained to the client in terms of signs and symptoms and how to manage these. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The potentially dangerous side effects of treatments are explained to the client in terms of when to seek medical help. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The client is encouraged and supported in persevering with treatment in accordance with the treatment plan and not to stop treatment prior to getting medical help. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Local support systems are identified in consultation with the client. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Support the client in adhering to the treatment plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Support given assists the client in taking the correct dosage of medication at the correct time in accordance with the treatment plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Support given helps the client deal with emotional and psychosocial difficulties experienced during treatment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The client is empowered to take responsibility for own medication and visits to treatment sites. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The client is encouraged to make lifestyle changes that will promote adherence to the treatment plan. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider by the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Essential embedded knowledge will be assessed through assessment of the specific outcomes in terms of the stipulated assessment criteria. Candidates are unlikely to achieve all the specific outcomes, to the standards described in the assessment criteria, without knowledge of the listed embedded knowledge. This means that for the most part, the possession or lack of the knowledge can be directly inferred from the quality of the candidate's performance. Where direct assessment of knowledge is required, assessment criteria have been included in the body of the unit standard.

    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard:
  • Approaches to pre- and post-test counselling.
  • Methods for diagnosing HIV.
  • National guidelines on HIV diagnosis.
  • Causes of HIV infection.
  • Approaches to health education and safer sex.
  • Stages of ARV Treatment.
  • Relevant legislation. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    Be culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts: engage with a variety of clients in a culturally sensitive manner. 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively in a team using critical and creative thinking: working with clients and other relevant parties to plan mentoring plan. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organize and manage oneself and ones activities: planning mentoring. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively: discussing treatment plan and guiding and supporting clients. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand the world as a set of inter-related parts of a system: understanding the impact of HIV&AIDS on individuals and communities. 

    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 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  74410   Further Education and Training Certificate: Public Awareness Promotion of Dread Disease and HIV/AIDS  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  HW SETA 
    Elective  64769   National Certificate: Community Health Work  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  HW SETA 
    Elective  49128   National Certificate: Community Health Work  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2009-04-08  Was HW SETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  67509   Further Education and Training Certificate: Community Development  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  49131   Further Education and Training Certificate: Community Health Work  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2009-02-18  Was HW SETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  49256   Further Education and Training Certificate: Counselling  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  HW SETA 


    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.
     
    1. Education, Training And Counselling Cc 
    2. Empirical Training Agency (PTY) Ltd 
    3. HIV SA 
    4. Sentahle Community Home Based Care 
    5. Society For Family Health SA 



    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.