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

Tel: 01277 365398

Mulberry House, Chelmsford Road, High Ongar, Essex CM5 9NL


BY ROAD – Mulberry House is situated on the A414 at High Ongar, Essex. If you are travelling from the M11, exit at junction 7 and follow the A414 towards Chelmsford. Remaining on the A414 pass over three mini roundabouts. The House is on the right, 0.6 miles past the “Four Wantz” roundabout (BP Service Station). If you are travelling from the A12, exit at junction 15 and follow the A414 towards Harlow, you pass over 2 roundabouts and then Mulberry House is situated on your left.

SATELLITE NAVIGATION – Please note that our postcode CM5 9NL may take you to The Street, High Ongar.  We are located on the A414 approximately 100 yards from High Ongar, on the left, as you travel towards Chipping Ongar.  If your satellite systems allow it use these coordinates:

Latitude: 51.71260110609828 Longitude: 0.25974318141481945

BY RAIL – The nearest mainline station is Harlow Town (National Express East Anglia) then by taxi. The nearest tube station is Epping on the Central Line then by taxi. Mulberry House is approximately a 15-minute drive from Epping Station.

BY BUS Bus No. 20 & 21 (501 on Sunday) – Harlow, Epping Train Station, Ongar, Brentwood Train Station. Bus No. 32 – Chelmsford Train Station, Highwood, Blackmore, Ongar. Bus No. 46 – Chelmsford Train Station, Roxwell, Willingale, Fyfield, Ongar.


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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.