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Healthcare Assistants



5 Day Healthcare Assistant in General Practice Course     

At EQUIP we have been providing an accredited course for HCA working in general practice since 1999. Initially this course was accredited at level 2 but in response to the developing role of the HCA in primary care the course was re-designed and accredited at level 3.

The Cavendish report on the role of Healthcare Assistants, published in 2013, proposed that all HCAs should be appropriately trained to a specific level before providing patient care unsupervised.

The aim of this course is to provide Healthcare Assistants, who are new to general practice, with the knowledge and skills they need to provide care to a diverse population of patients in a caring and evidence based manner.

The course is 5 study days over 3 months and covers the role of the HCA and accountability, medical terminology, consultation skills, health checks, diabetes, CHD, asthma, immunisations and infection control. The student will obtain competency in the practical skills needed with the support of a nurse mentor in practice who will use a competency framework as a tool to guide and assess competence.

The HCA will need to be working at least 12 hours in clinical practice in order to be able to complete the practical elements of the course. The HCA will also need a named nurse mentor for the course.

Attendance on an accredited course does not mean an automatic pass. 

It is a requirement that delegates are theoretically as well as practically competent.

Students must submit written work that demonstrates achievement of the course’s learning outcomes as well as completing a competency assessment with their nurse mentor.

Prior to attendance: We will require a reflective diary, covering five working days, to be kept and submitted two weeks BEFORE course attendance. 

The reflective diary should cover a full working week, be typed in Arial Pt12, double line spaced with a front cover detailing the delegate’s name, work address, telephone number and email address.
The content of the reflective diary should set out in the delegate’s own words and include: why they wish to attend the course, what they hope to achieve from the course, detail the hours they work and the duties they undertake on a daily basis.