Event Details

A course for healthcare assistants who are new to working in general practice.

The course is accredited by the CPD Certification Service and aligned with the Care Certificate Standards for HCAs. It consists of 5 study days covering the role of the HCA in general practice, relevant clinical skills (BP, pulse, ECG, peak flow, capillary blood sampling, urinalysis, body mass index, waist measurement) as well as an overview of long term conditions (hypertension, coronary heart disease, respiratory disease and diabetes). Students also require a period of supervised practice with a nurse mentor until competency in the clinical skills is achieved.

Students are required to complete written work and a competency assessment package that demonstrates that they have met the learning outcomes. The written assignments must be typed and emailed to the course tutor so appropriate competency in IT is needed to undertake this course.

Students need to have had the Hepatitis B vaccination before the start of the course and will need to work at least 10-12 hours a week as an HCA to complete the practical competencies.

All 5 study days must be attended to complete the course

The course covers 11 of the 15 Care Certificate Standards:

  • Understand your role
  • Your personal development
  • Duty of Care
  • Equality & Diversity
  • Work in a Person Centred Way
  • Communication
  • Privacy & Dignity
  • Fluids & Nutrition
  • Health & Safety
  • Handling Information
  • Infection Prevention & Control

In addition the course will cover:

  • Medical terminology
  • Consultation skills
  • Health education
  • Health checks
  • Long term conditions


Travelling to Essex Equip By Car:

There is NO parking at the venue, but the public pay and display car park can be found on Newland Drive (CM8 2AP) about 300 yards away.  £6 for the whole day or for further tariff, please see Braintree Council Website

From the car park walk back to Collingwood Rd and then back up to the traffic lights. At the traffic lights turn left onto Newland St. (The George PH is on the corner) carry on walking until you reach the zebra crossing (outside the Public Library), cross the road and head towards the Dorothy L Sayers Statue and the Job Centre. Our entrance just at the rear of the Job Centre.

By Train

It is a 7 min walk from Witham Railway Station, head towards the town, turn left at THE AVENUE, continue walking down The Avenue to the junction with Newland Street, then turn right, carry on walking until you reach the zebra crossing (outside the Public Library), cross the road and head towards the Job Centre. Our entrance is just at the rear of the Job Centre.

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Cancellations with a full refund will be accepted up to and including 15 days prior to the event.  Any refund request for places cancelled after this date will not be refunded.