HCA Development

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Developing Professional Practice and Personal Leadership Skills for Healthcare Support Workers in Primary Care Short Course | Level 4/Certificate

The Developing Professional Practice and Personal Leadership Skills programme is designed for HCSWs and HCAs who wish to develop their professional skills and, in future, progress to a Nurse Associate role. Through a unique programme of interactive blended online learning, students will learn to reflect and build on their existing knowledge and experience in order to respond to future healthcare requirements and confidently manage change in the workplace.

Duration: 12 weeks online learning plus one Essentials Clinical Workshop (2 x 2 hour sessions)

Notional Study Time: 150 hours

Delivery: Interactive Blended Online Learning

Course Assessment: E-Poster and 500 word reflective commentary (100%)

Cohort 1 start date – 18 Oct 21

Cohort 2 start date – 1 Nov 2

Cohort 3 start date – 22 Nov 21

Find out more & register now

June 2021 Trainee Nursing Associate Funding Available: for more information please click here 

Nursing Associate description: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/new-roles-in-primary-care/

Link to HEE info on the Nursing Associate role and a video that explains a bit more here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TvZNzeZgC4&feature=emb_title

A Quick Guide to Nursing Associates in General Practice (Suffolk NHS)


What is the Care Certificate?

The Care Certificate is the minimum training, supervision and assessment that those staff new to care (health and adult social care) should receive as part of induction.

The Care Certificate is intended to be used at the start of a career in health and social care. It ensure that people joining the sector can receive appropriate training, support and workplace assessment before they start to deliver care out of the line of sight of more experienced workers.

It provides a foundation for those working in healthcare support and social care worker roles in England, ensuring that the new worker is able to provide a compassionate and caring service.

There are fifteen standards that must be completed, involving knowledge learning, practical skills development and workplace assessments. Completion of all standards is required to attain the Care Certificate.


Access further information from Health Education England, Skills for Health and Skills for Care via these links:

Care Certificate FAQ for Health and Adult Social Care

Care Certificate Standards

Skills for Health Care Certificate Resources


E-learning for Health also provides on line learning to support the Care Certificate, visit https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/ and once registered or logged in, put Care Certificate or code CCT in the search bar and the learning modules that relate to the 15 care standards will pop up.

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