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Further Vocational Qualification in Mental Health and Intoxicant Abuse Welfare Work

The work of a holder of further vocational qualification in mental health and intoxicant abuse welfare work is professional work with clients in preventive work, rehabilitative work, or work involving treatment, promoting recovery, reducing harms, or supporting housing services in the social and health care sector.

The compulsory units of further vocational qualification in mental health and intoxicant abuse welfare work provide capabilities for professional work with clients in mental health, and intoxicant abuse welfare work with clients as well as their local community and family networks.

The optional units have been structured so that in order to complete them, students must have first mastered the contents of the compulsory units of the further qualification in mental health and intoxicant abuse welfare work. The optional units advance and expand the students' competence and provide capabilities for working with clients, actors and communities using different tools and approaches.

Qualification holders base their work on ethically sustainable principles. Qualification holders know how to work in a customer-oriented manner with respect to human beings. In their work, they are able to use the knowledge base and work methods of the field as well as utilise their knowledge of the legislation and service system of the industry.

Qualification holders are able to justify the decisions and choices they make in their work and assess the impacts of these decisions as members of a multiprofessional work community. Qualification holders know how to look after their well-being at work and use work instruction and training for support in their work. In order to develop the quality of their work, qualification holders need capacity and willingness to engage in continuous assessment of their own and their work community's activities, self-development, and internal entrepreneurship.

Vocational Qualification in Equipment Maintenance

Instrument technicians know how to plan their work and act in the different stages of the equipment maintenance process following the principles of quality work and sustainable development. Instrument technicians are able to use the machines and devices required in their work and keep them in working order. Instrument technicians are able to take advantage of their language proficiency, information and communication technologies, digital operating methods. and the automation made possible by their working environment. They are capable of working in multiprofessional co-operation and in customer service. Qualification holders have a basic grasp of business activities and can promote the profitability of the business activities in their workplace. Instrument technicians are able to develop and productise different service concepts related to their work. Aseptic working methods, compliance with good hygiene practices, and the prevention of infections by different methods are key areas in the competence of instrument technicians regardless of their working environment. Checking, cleaning, disinfecting, sterilising, packing, storing, storage, and transporting of the equipment form the core content of the equipment maintenance process. Instrument technicians know the names, properties, special markings, and maintenance procedures of each piece of equipment they maintain. They know how to handle the piece of equipment correctly and safely.

Qualification holders know how to observe the national and international rules and regulations concerning equipment maintenance, have good manners, and abide by good operating practices. They are familiar with occupational safety and health regulations and instructions and comply with vocational ethics, data protection, confidentiality, and the regulations on consumer protection in their work. They work ergonomically and contribute to wellbeing at the workplace.

Qualification holders value and develop their own work and their vocational field. They have a realistic understanding of their competence. They develop their vocational skills in accordance with the principles of life-long learning. They evaluate and analyse their work, set learning goals for themselves, and take advantage of continuing vocational education and training. They have the capabilities to continue to further studies.

Vocational Qualification in Pharmaceutics

Pharmaceutics is both part of the healthcare system and an industry. Pharmaceutics is responsible for the development, research, manufacture, logistics, and distribution of pharmaceutics and for the guidance for and monitoring of the correct use of pharmaceuticals. Mutual respect, cooperation, and expertise between different professional groups and actors are emphasised in pharmaceutics. Work is carried out in a client-oriented manner and for the benefit of the client.

Pharmaceutical technicians with a vocational qualification in pharmaceutics are able to work in multiprofessional cooperation in different tasks in the field of pharmaceutics, using their vocational competence in information technology, pharmaceutical logistics, and quality work. They have special expertise and the vocational skills required by working life either for working in a pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, the pharmaceutical industry, or pharmaceutical wholesale business and diverse special expertise, acquired through optional units, in the use of automation equipment, manufacturing of pharmaceuticals, marketing and display, application of information technology, maintenance of a product group, and working in the online service of a pharmacy. Pharmaceutical technicians are able to comply with the national and international laws and regulations on pharmaceutics. They are able to observe patient and client safety, their vocational ethics, ergonomics, and sustainable development and take care of their wellbeing at work. They are able to take into account the confidentiality and occupational safety regulations of the field, business objectives, and the company's profitability in their work. Pharmaceutical technicians are able to use information and communication technologies and their language proficiency diversely in their work in the different tasks of the field of pharmaceutics and in the customer service related to the work of pharmaceutical technicians.

Vocational Qualification in Social and Health Care

Holders of the vocational qualification in social and health care have wide-ranging basic capabilities for the different tasks in their occupational field and more specialised competence and the vocational skills required in the world of work in at least one competence area in working life activities. Practical nurses or emergency practical nurses (BLS) who have completed a vocational upper secondary qualification are able to carry out their work following the regulations, operating practices, values, and occupational ethics of their field. They are able to work in professional interaction and in multiprofessional and multicultural operating environments. They know how to plan, implement, and assess nursing and care that promotes the client's or patient's health, wellbeing, functional capacity, growth, and social inclusion in different social and health care or educational operating environments. They are able to provide client-oriented guidance on how to use the services, are able to use wellbeing technologies diversely, and develop their professional competence according to the principles of lifelong learning. They are able to take care of patient and client safety, work aseptically and ergonomically, and take care of their occupational safety and wellbeing at work.

In the competence area in children's and youth education and care, they know how to promote the child's growth, wellbeing, and learning in early childhood education and care and are able to promote the child's, the adolescent's, and the family's health and wellbeing. In the competence area in mental health and substance abuse work, they are able to do mental health and substance abuse work and work with the clients and networks in that field. In the competence area in care and rehabilitation of the elderly, they are able to work in home care in a manner that enhances the client's functional capacity and promotes the social inclusion of the elderly. In the competence area in nursing and care, they know how to promote the client's health and are able to work in home care and nursing. In the competence area in care for the disabled, they know how to enhance the social inclusion of individuals with disabilities and to maintain and enhance their functional capacity. In the competence area in podiatric care, they know how to promote the podiatric health of their clients and are able to work in podiatric care. In the competence area in oral health care, they are able to work in oral health care and know how to promote oral health. In the competence area in basic life support (BLS), they are able to enhance health, safety, wellbeing and the functional capacity and are able to work in emergency and acute care.

The optional units provide practical nurses or emergency practical nurses (BLS) with competence required for profiling themselves in the different sectors of activities in social and health care. These sectors include the use of wellbeing technology in the maintenance of functional capacity, terminal care, taking samples, supporting living at home and life management, mental health and substance abuse work for different client groups, patient immobilisation, perioperative care, acting in situations with multiple patients and in disasters, terminal care, use of functional methods, enhancing children and adolescents' mental health skills, oral health care, and podiatric care.