Course Title: Provide basic foot skin and nail care

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: REHA5000C

Course Title: Provide basic foot skin and nail care

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3262 - Certificate III in Aged Care

Course Contact : Susan Russell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254637

Course Contact

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Nominal Hours: 25

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

Not Applicable.

Course Description

This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to provide basic foot skin and foot nail care to clients.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCICS306A Provide basic foot skin and nail care


Clean and store equipment and materials.

Performance Criteria:

1. Collect, handle, manage and dispose of biological waste material according to organisation/setting guidelines and infection control requirements
2. Clean and store equipment according to manufacturer’s guidelines, setting protocols and infection control requirements


Document client information.

Performance Criteria:

1. Document basic foot, skin and nail care according to organisation requirements
2. Document any factors that indicate podiatry attention may be required and communicate according to organisation requirements


Perform basic foot skin and nail care.

Performance Criteria:

1. Explain foot skin and nail care procedures to the client
2. Assist the client to remove and put on shoes, socks and hosiery, where necessary
3. Correctly position the client for foot skin and nail care
4. Perform nail filing according to personal needs support plan and using appropriate infection control procedures
5. Wash and dry feet according to individualised plan, implementing appropriate infection control procedures
6. Perform foot skin care according to personal needs support plan and using appropriate infection control procedures
7. Identify an indicators of foot issues requiring attention outside basic nail and skin care and make appropriate referral in a timely manner


Prepare for basic foot skin and nail care.

Performance Criteria:

1. Confirm that prior assessment of person’s feet by relevant health professional has identified need for basic foot skin and nail care services which are appropriate for worker’s role
2. Confirm client requirements for foot care according to personal needs support plan
3. Provide a safe and comfortable setting
4. Gather necessary equipment and materials
5. Implement appropriate infection control guidelines

Learning Outcomes

The learner will have acquired the essential knowledge outlined in the elements belonging to this unit, including identifying and managing the basic anatomy and physiology of the foot and basic understanding of foot pathology , basic pathology of nails, basic understanding of structure and functioning of skin and integuments, infection control protocols relevant to foot care, principles of basic foot hygiene, • The function of medicaments, including: emollients - astringents -  moisturisers -  antiseptics  as well as the appropriate book keeping requirements in co junction with the relevant organisation policies and procedures. In addition the learner will have effectively managed the performance criteria of this unit including the skills of  washing, cleaning, drying and monitoring the  clients feet, safely and effectively file non-pathological toenails, Identify indicators of pathological nail and skin conditions,  the ability to skillfully applying medicaments, including: emollients, astringents, moisturisers, antiseptics.

Details of Learning Activities

Learners will participate in class room discussions, problem solving within individual and team groups. They will be encouraged to express their concerns and ideas both negative and positive. They will participate in role play scenarios in a simulated environment within the frame work of expected outcomes and discuss the reality of the outcomes via their own/trainers experience with in the appropriate work environment. They will participate in questionnaires, case studies and practical placement. All within the contents of this unit.

Teaching Schedule

The teaching schedule is designed in a time table format, outlining the specific elements linked to specific units that will be taught on the said session and double up as a lesson plan. Scenarios, case studies, questionnaires, role plays, viewing DVDs and class discussions will be designed using the appropriate contents matching up with the performance criteria. As this unit is quite intense it is suggested that all learners attend each session, and is presented in a manner to cater for all individuals own learning strategy.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Learning resources are provided via booklets created to cover the essential information refering to the unit applied and are supplied to all learners attending the program. Updated handouts are also given to all students and frequent face to face discussion re dvds that may be viewed.

Overview of Assessment

The overview of the assessment may vary accoerdingly to the dynamics of the group of leraners environment, this unit can be delivered and assessed independently, however holistic assessment practice with other community services units of competency is encouraged resources required for assessment of this unit include access to: an appropriate workplace where assessment can take place or simulation of realistic workplace setting for assessment, in cases where the learner does not have the opportunity to cover all relevant aspects in the work environment, the remainder should be assessed through realistic simulations, projects, previous relevant experience or oral/written questioning on ’What if?’ scenarios, assessment of this unit of competence will usually include observation of processes and procedures, oral and/or written questioning on Essential knowledge and skills and consideration of required attitudes. Where performance is not directly observed and/or is required to be demonstrated over a ’period of time’ and/or in a ’number of locations’, any evidence should be authenticated by colleagues, supervisors, clients or other appropriate persons

Assessment Tasks

A leaner must be able to demonstrate an understanding of the essential knowledge required to effectively do the task outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit. Assessments methods have been designed to achieve the competencies of this unit in a flexible manner and over a range of assessment tasks. Learners will participate in 100 hours of practical placement to demonstrate their essential knowledge and skills to meet the competencies and expected outcomes of this unit. Students will need to complete a practical placement competency matrix, signed and witnessed by the appropriate authorities to ensure the ability to perform their expected tasks meet the criteria of competencies for this unit.

Assessment Matrix

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