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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Support clients who are receiving Anti Retroviral Treatment (ART) 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119561  Support clients who are receiving Anti Retroviral Treatment (ART) 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Ancillary Health Care 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 09 - Health Sciences and Social Services Rehabilitative Health/Services 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
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 persons who are required to provide basic information about Anti-Retroviral Treatment (ART) to community members of similar cultural background and mother tongue, and to facilitate treatment compliance for the person who is receiving the treatment.

People credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of ARVs and their role in HIV and AIDS
  • Explain the psychosocial and cultural factors that have an effect on the person who receives ART, the family and the community
  • Explain the factors that promote the success of ART
  • Facilitate local support systems for the people who are receiving ART 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication at ABET level 3
  • Mathematical Literacy at ABET level 3.
  • Knowledge of the community and the ability to communicate effectively within their cultural context

    Competency in the following unit standards or equivalent:
  • "Provide information about Tuberculosis and directly observed treatments (DOTS)" (NLRD ID 117017)
  • "Apply accurate information about HIV & AIDS to everyday life" (NLRD ID 116999)

    The learner who will monitor ARV treatment for children must also be competent to:
  • "Give guidance on the integrated management of childhood illnesses in the community" (NLRD ID 119562) 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    This unit standard applies to persons involved in Anti-Retroviral (ARV) programmes working as part of a multi-disciplinary team under the supervision of a professional health worker. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of ARVs and their role in HIV and AIDS. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    ARVs are explained as a combination of medicines that limit the replication of the HI Virus. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The implications of treatment are explained in terms of its being a life-long programme. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    ART is explained in terms of the benefits of adherence and consequences of non-adherence to the treatment plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Side effects of ART are recognised in terms of their signs, symptoms and severity. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Knowledge of side effects is explained in terms of referral procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The importance of continuation of treatment, recognition of danger signs, referral mechanisms.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The role of ART in boosting the immune system is explained in terms of the way in which the medicine allows the immune system to recover. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The link between treatment non-compliance and drug resistance is explained in terms of the risks to the patient. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain the psychosocial and cultural factors that have an effect on the person who receives ART, the family and the community. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Myths and misconceptions about ART are identified and dispelled in accordance with scientific information. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Cultural beliefs and traditional medicine are explained in terms of their effect on the treatment of HIV&AIDS. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Explain the factors that promote the success of ART. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The purpose of adopting a healthy lifestyle is explained in terms of the success of ART. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of nutrition is explained in terms of its role in promoting health. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Ways in which stress can be reduced are described as means to boost the immune system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The need for support from family and friends is explained in terms of motivation and adherence to treatment. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Facilitate local support systems for the people who are receiving ART. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    ART support systems are explained in terms of functions and responsibilities. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Support systems include counsellors, team members, community resources and the treatment centre.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Family and community awareness programmes are conducted in accordance with the identified needs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Local community support groups for people who are receiving ART are identified in terms of their ability to support, help and motivate the client. 


    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 with an ETQA that has a memorandum of understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA by SAQA or with an ETQA that has a memorandum of understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a memorandum of understanding with the relevant ETQA, according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard:
  • Anatomy (building) and physiology (functioning) of the body systems.
  • National ARV treatment guidelines.
  • Transmission and prevention of STIs and HIV&AIDS.
  • Fundamental knowledge of ARVs.
  • Cause, signs and symptoms and complications of serious side effects.
  • The community and cultural views and influences on HIV&AIDS and ARVs.
  • HIV and ARVs and their influence on the disease pattern in the community.
  • Role and function of the ARV supporter.
  • Methods of education on ARVs.
  • Local support systems for client on ARV treatment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify health-related problems and promote problem solving in a family context. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with clients and their families. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and ones activities responsibly and effectively in the context of treatment support. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect analyse organise and evaluate information about ARVs. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively with persons receiving ART and family members in order to facilitate treatment compliance. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively with regard to the provision of medication and correct use of available equipment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems with regard to the interrelationship between illnesses and treatments. 

    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 
    Supplementary information:
    Specified requirements
    Specified requirements include legal and workplace requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:

    Legal:
  • The National ARV treatment guidelines
  • Patient Rights Charter
  • Scope of practice for the Ancillary Health Care Worker

    Site specific
  • Employer's work specifications, policies and procedures

    Credit justification:
    Total hours required by the learner to achieve the required outcomes:

    Activity Hours
    Classroom learning-20
    On-the-job learning-20
    Self directed learning-10
    Coaching required-10
    Other
    Total-60

    Credits Achieved-6 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  49606   General Education and Training Certificate: Ancillary Health Care  Level 1  NQF Level 01  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.
     
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