The Role of the Healthcare Assistant in the Community


The Health Care Assistant’s role and the needs of general practice are constantly evolving, and this award has been developed to provide underpinning knowledge and skills to support and meet the needs of the developing workforce. This course is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills gained whilst working within a community setting in a health or social care supportive role. It is aimed at students who are currently employed in a health or social care related role and can study part-time. Applicants have the opportunity to achieve a Certificate of Credit after 15 credits have been completed or achieve a Certificate in Continuous Professional Development after 30 credits have been completed.

The course will empower HCAs to undertake their role more effectively, having developed their self-confidence and self-awareness, and to attain a level of academic achievement that will provide a springboard for further study and development. It will also foster ownership of the role, developing an increased awareness of their accountability, vulnerability and limitations with the need for clear lines of delegation from a registered professional.

Academic credits
Delivery method
On campus
Centre for Health Innovation Stafford

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

Start date

Tuesday 24th September 2024

Health, Science and Wellbeing

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.




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.

Kairen's profile

How to apply

Applications will open during mid 2024

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