Venue: NewLink Wales, Cardiff

Target Group: This course is aimed at people with little or no knowledge of IPEDs

National Occupational Standards: AA1, AB5, HSC233, HSC330, HSC3111

Cost: This course is fully funded (free) to all participants in Wales.

Bespoke Training: This course can be offered as a bespoke course and adapted to suit your organisational requirements, for more information please contact the Training and Qualifications Department by email or call 02920 529002.

Course Specification

This course has been developed in partnership with Public Health Wales and aims to bring an understanding about steroid and image enhancing drugs use and the impact that these can have on individuals.
The course content includes the following:

  • The main categories of IPEDs
  • Motivations for using IPEDs
  • How IPEDs are used and their risks
  • Understanding how to engage with IPEDs users

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  1. Define what IPEDs are and the prevalence and trends in use
  2. Explain how IPEDs work
  3. Explore the motivations for using IPEDs
  4. Analyse the different sources of IPEDs
  5. Examine how IPEDs are used
  6. Investigate the appropriate information, advice and intervention that can be used for safer use of IPEDs

Teaching Methods:

NewLink Wales uses the ‘systems approach’ when developing our courses, ensuring that they are interactive and engaging for everyone regardless of their learning styles. Informal assessments are built into all of our courses through the use of case studies, discussions and questions and answers and our tutors will encourage full active participation from everyone who attends.

Evaluation Tools:

NewLink Wales uses the Results Based Accountability (RBA) method of evaluating our courses. This allows us to find out if participants have increased their knowledge, skills and ability to work with service users from the start of training to the end of the course. In addition to this we have a comprehensive evaluation tool which will ask questions about the whole of the training course. NewLink Wales will then send you details of the RBA statistical information gathered, for each courses booked with us and a copy of the full evaluation forms for your records.

From a commissioning perspective the training has enabled me to look further into existing provision and based on knowledge gained from the training and the feedback from service providers it has emphasised the need for further investigative work in relation to expanding existing services for SIEDs.