Caring for people with long-term conditions


Currently HCAs are not professionally regulated or registered, so it is important that you have clear guidance about your role and the registered nurse/professional understands the principle of safe delegation Nursing and Midwifery Council Health (2018). The Royal College of Nursing states that care teams include a range of registered professionals, health care assistants (HCAs), assistant practitioners (APs) and Trainee Nursing Associates and pre- registration nursing students. It is vital that each member of the team is clear about their level of accountability and that the registered staff are confident when delegating tasks to their colleagues.

This module will provide an overview of the pathophysiology and impact of the most common long-term conditions identified either through the Quality and Outcomes Framework or other government initiatives. It will enable you as a health care support worker to demonstrate underpinning knowledge and skills to support patients and registered 5 professional staff in your own work settings. It will enhance your clinical skills in monitoring long term conditions and there will be a strong emphasis on disease prevention and the promotion of self-care within these patient groups. The module will start with a general introduction to long term conditions and your role as a health care support worker in supporting patients and colleagues in your own work setting. You will then take a more detailed look at the following long-term conditions at a fundamental level:

  • Diabetes mellitus 
  • cardiovascular disease including coronary heart disease -
  • Hypertension
  • Heart Failure
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Stroke and Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIA) 
  • Respiratory diseases - Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Asthma (including obesity)
Academic credits
Delivery method
On campus
Centre for Health Innovation Stafford

8 days spread over two terms (between September 2024-April 2025)

Start date

Wednesday 2nd October 2024

Entry requirements

To undertake this course, you must be employed in a health or social care related role as you will need the 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. This module can be completed as a stand-alone module or part of the Certificate in Continuous Professional Development after undertaking the role of the HCA in the community or have a NVQ 2-3 in health and social care.




Kairen Roche

Senior Lecturer

Kairen is a registered general nurse, with a passion for teaching in community care, from level 3 to level 7. Her main interests are Primary care, respiratory and long-term conditions.

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How to apply

Applications will open during mid 2024

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