Health Care Assistant Award


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About the course

The Certificate of Continuous Professional Development for Health Care Assistants, Delivering Care in the Community, is a two-year programme and 30 credit award delivered by the University of Staffordshire.   It has a blended learning delivery: on-line and face to face.

Duration: 7 days from September- April year one, 6 days from October -April year two.

Course content

Module 1: The Role of the Health Care Assistant in the

Community (15 credits Level 3)

The module will undertake to provide the fundamental knowledge and skills pertinent to the HCA role in primary care or in the community in a safe and patient-focussed manner in the following areas:

  • Introduction to studying in higher education
  • Legal and professional responsibilities as an HCA e.g. accountability, delegation, code of conduct, patient consent
  • Duty of care,-communication, privacy and dignity, fluids and nutrition, awareness of mental health, dementia, learning disability, safeguarding adults and children
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Basic medical terminology
  • Record keeping
  • Health promotion, Making Every Contact Count including awareness of support groups, EPP, PALS, self-care.
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Dealing with and how to talk to patients including difficult consultations.

Module 2: Caring for People with Long Term Conditions

(15 credits Level 4)

This module will provide an overview of the patho-physiology and impact of the most common Long-Term Conditions identified either through the Quality and Outcomes Framework or other government initiatives. It will enable Health Care Assistants to demonstrate underpinning knowledge and skills to support patients and registered professional staff in their own work settings e.g. general practice, in the community. This module will enhance clinical skills. There will be a strong emphasis on disease prevention and the promotion of self care within these patient groups.

The content includes:

  • Overview of common Long-Term Conditions
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Cardiovascular Disease including: Coronary Heart Disease – Hypertension, Heart Failure,Atrial Fibrillation, Stroke and Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIA)
  • Respiratory Diseases – Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Asthma
  • Obesity
  • An awareness of other Long-Term Conditions

Entry requirements


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