HCA Essential Skills
Time & Location
About the Event
- DAY 1 – Care Certificate day 1 – Friday 28th May
- DAY 2 – Care Certificate day 2 – Wednesday 16th June
- DAY 3 – Treatment Room Management – Friday 9th July
- DAY 4 – Intro into Wound Care – Thursday 5th August
- DAY 5 – Physiological Measurements – Friday 20th August
- DAY 6 – Foundation Imms day 1 – Friday 3rd September
- DAY 7 - Foundation Imms day 2 – Friday 10th September
The first 2 days will consist of the learners undertaking the Care Certificate. The 2 Day Care Certificate Training for new / relatively new health care support workers (HCSWs), health care assistants (HCAs) and phlebotomists in General Practice. Since April 2015 all new unregistered staff working in all sectors of health and social care are expected to undertake an induction programme covering the 13 standards of the Care Certificate, which embed the attitudes beliefs and behaviours expected within these sectors, before they practice unsupervised.
This 2 day training programme has been developed specifically for new recruits to the primary care setting and is delivered by trainers who have many years work experience in GP, fully understand the roles and expectations of these invaluable members of the team, and are all highly experienced trainers. The programme will cover all the non-mandatory statutory standards of the Care Certificate in a supportive interactive classroom setting over zoom and will support and instruct learners to complete the programme in a timely manner. Any learners who have not completed their statutory mandatory training will be signposted to available resources within their work setting.
Learners will then take part in 5 more sessions which include an introductory training into Wound Care, Hypertension / Physiological Measurements and Treatment room management before completing a 2 day introduction to immunisation programme based on the National Minimum Training Standards for HCAs covering administration of flu pneumococcal and shingles immunisations as well as the intramuscular administration of vit B12 ( we will include some information on Covid- 19 as appropriate ).
The first day will be a training day on ‘Treatment Room Management’ where we will emphasise the importance of ensuring safe practice, ordering and stock rotation, fridge monitoring and the cold chain as well as the keeping of equipment, calibration and cleaning requirements and logs. Learners will be taught safe waste disposal, emergency calls and personal protection and equipment.
The Introduction into Wound Care will give a basic introduction into simple wound aseptic techniques, AP of skin, types of wounds and how they maybe sustained. There will also be a practical element to this day where we look at effective hand washing, aseptic and clean dressing changes of wounds as well as looking at equipment and different types of dressing.
Day 5 is a basic introduction into physiological measurements and hypertension and includes basic AP of circulatory system, prevalence and risk factor for developing hypertension as well as signs and symptoms .
Differences between hypotension and hypertension along with the benefits of maintenance of control.
Health promotion and signposting for lifestyle modification. The practical side of the session includes taking and recording accurate BP measurements and we stress the roles and boundaries of HCAs in relation to hypertension monitoring.