For Health Care Assistants: Delivering Care In The Community (Ug) Certificate in Continuous Professional Development

Location Stafford Campus
Duration 2 Years
Course start September
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Stafford CampusPart-time2018/19 Academic YearApply Direct
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Course outline

The aim of this course is to equip you with the relevant knowledge and skills in order to perform the Healthcare Assistant (HCA) role in primary care and/or the community in confident, safe and patient-focused manner.

This course will encourage self-awareness, and an increased understanding of your own accountability, legal responsibilities and the need to work within set guidelines and protocols. It will also encourage you to foster a sense of enquiry and introduce the skills of reflective practice.

Course content

This course comprises of two core modules:

  • The role of the Healthcare Assistant in the Community
  • Caring for people with Long Term Conditions

The modules will provide fundamental knowledge and skills pertinent to the HCA role in primary and community care settings in a safe patient focussed way. It will provide practical ideas, hints and tips to support your practice. You will be able to demonstrate your practical skills within the workplace with your mentor/assessor.

As well as providing you with an overview of the patho-physiology and impact of the most common long term conditions identified either through Quality and Outcomes Framework or other government initiatives. I will enhance your clinical skills in monitoring long term conditions and there will be a strong emphasis on diseases prevention and promotion of self-care. 

Entry requirements

To undertake this course you must be employed in a health or social care related role as you will need support of your employer. You will also need a mentor/assessor to support you in the workplace who must be identified before you start the course. This needs to be a registered healthcare professional usually a nurse who holds a professional registration with a governing body such as the NMC. There is handbook for mentor/assessor which explains their role in more detail.


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