Professional Clinical Skills Including Long Term Conditions

Professional Clinical Skills Including Long Term Conditions TrainingHealthcare Assistants (HCA’s) are a valuable addition to the health care team and they play a vital role in today’s health care economy. Specific, high quality training courses for HCA’s is therefore vital. This course provides the theoretical and the practical clinical frameworks to enable the HCA to develop their role. It also includes practical workshops.

The course is interactive and discussions will be encouraged. The course will underpin the practices of HCA’s currently working in primary or secondary care and who are interested in developing their existing clinical skills and knowledge and it is also suitable for HCAs new to the role. HCAs will leave with a competency-based framework, which will enable you to develop your practice with supervision from your mentor.

This course is a 32-week course divided into the following parts with competency based activity associated with each part:

Part 1 – Day 1*+ 2 – Training Room

Day 1 (am session) – Mentors only

Day 1 (pm session) – Delegates arrive to start the programme.

3 months work based learning.

Part 2 – Day 3+4 – Training Room

3 months work based learning

Part 3 – Day 5+6 – Training Room

Final work hand in.

*Half day mentors training is provided on the morning of Day 1 of the training, it is essential mentors attend this session. Delegates will then arrive in the afternoon of Day 1 to start the programme.

Delegates will attend Part 1 of the course and leave with a competency framework, learning log and reflective diary, all of which will need to be completed during the workbased learning period. They will then return for Part 2 of the course, undertake more classroom learning and then return to their workplace to continue with their workbased learning before return for Part 3.

During Part 3 of the course delegates will undertake health checks on clients/patients, this provides delegates with real practical experience at which they are formally assessed.

Delegates must bring all of your work to all taught sessions, Part 2 + 3, this will provide

the trainer the opportunity to review work completed so far.

Delegates who would like to undertake this course, need to be working at least 20 hours per week. If you are interested in completing the course and work less than 20 hours, please contact the office and we can discuss ways in which this can be achieved.

Duration 6 days of classroom based teaching and practical, which includes 1/2 day training for mentors on the morning of Day 1 plus 6 months work based learning.
Cost £989
Includes All course materials and certificate of attendance
Accreditation The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) 36 CPD points awarded on completion.

Aims and Objectives

  • Understand role of the health care assistant
  • Demonstrate safe clinical practice.
  • Provide high quality clinical care for clients/patients
  • Provide a range of clinical skills in clinical settings and apply these in practice
  • Describe the fundamental skills applicable to health care assistants
  • Understand the principles of primary and secondary health care
  • Understand and apply confidentiality and data protection legislation.
  • Contribute to Service improvement
  • Understand the legal requirements for health care assistants
  • Understand and demonstrate the importance of Communication Strategies
  • Provide patients/clients with quality care using evidenced based practice
  • Contribute to the provision of learning opportunities for colleagues
  • Disseminate learning and information gained from courses and conferences and inform others about current and future developments in the provision of care for patients.
  • Ensure own actions and colleagues are working towards agreed clinical governance systems by following the correct procedures and policies.
  • Understand regulations and standards and be able to act in accordance with agreed standards of care.
  • Demonstrate the supervision and mentoring of a team of Health Care Assistants. (E.g. motivate, support and show commitment to team working and their personal and professional development.
  • Demonstrate the maintenance of confidentiality or information relating to patients, relatives, staff and the practice/organisation that is consistent with legislation and company policies and by following the guidelines of data protection.
  • Demonstrate the development and maintenance of a record keeping and documentation system that ensures accurate retrieval of information for monitoring and auditing processes.
  • Demonstrate understanding of correct dosage and delivery methods for a wide range of medication.
  • Demonstrate adherence to legal frameworks and Patient Specific Directions for specified client groups.
  • Undertake, record and follow guidelines for the tasks you have been trained and assigned to carry out.
  • After completing this course you will have the skills to become a competent and confident HCA in primary care.

Course Contents

Days 1-5

Understanding Safe Clinical Practice

  • Introduction
  • Primary Care Principles
  • Responsibility and accountability
  • Caldicott
  • Data protection
  • Confidentiality
  • Consent/Capacity
  • Record Keeping
  • SWOT Analysis (Practical)
  • Communicating with patients and staff
  • Dementia
  • Stroke
  • Hypertension (Theory and Practical)
  • How to take a BP using manual and automatic systems (Practical)
  • 24-Hour BP Monitoring (Theory)
  • Blood pressure monitoring (Theory)
  • The Heart and how it works (Theory)
  • Pulses theory and practice
  • CHD Risk Scoring (Theory and Practical)
  • Diabetes monitoring (Theory)
  • Health Screening (Theory and Practical)
  • BMI (Theory and Practical)
  • Family History and Chronic Illness Theory (Practice during consultation day 3 and 5)
  • Asthma and COPD (Theory)
  • Peak flow monitoring in Asthma and COPD (Theory and Practical)
  • Pulse Oximetry (Theory and Practical)
  • Respiratory system and care (Theory)
  • Urinalysis and FOB (Theory and practical for urinalysis)
  • Infection Control
  • Safe Guarding
  • Blood glucose monitoring and testing (Theory and Practical)
  • Introduction to Long Term Conditions including CHD management -(Theory)
  • Fluid balance-CKD- (Theory and Practical)
  • Medication/Prescribing/PSD Protocols (Theory)
  • 12 Lead ECG’s (Theory) Practical only possible if ECG machine available
  • Psychological care (Theory)
  • Consultations styles (Theory and practical)
  • Health promotion and patient self-management (Theory and Practical)
  • Diet and Nutrition (Theory)
  • Clinical skills (practical assessment on day 3 and day 5
  • Health Screening
  • PSD’s
  • History Taking

Principles of Health Care Role Development

  • Compassion
  • Quality Care
  • Accountability in relation to role development
  • Boundaries relating to staff roles
  • Legal Frameworks-Governance-Policies and Procedures (Theory)
  • Competence (Theory) Delegates will discuss competence gained and frameworks will be reviewed
  • Supervision (Theory and Practical)
  • Communication (Theory and Practical)

 Confidentiality and Record Keeping

  • Information Process and IT (Theory)


  • Teamwork
  • Management of clinics and workloads
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Delegation
  • SWOT Analysis

Learning and Development

  • Professional Development
  • Appraisal systems
  • Management
  • Learning logs
  • Reflective diary

Supervised Practice and Assessment – Please Read Carefully

Delegates will undertake a period of supervised practice in between part 1 and 2 of the course. They will be required to complete a workbook which includes a learning log and reflective diary, along with a competency document, which will need to be signed off by an allocated learning mentor. On days 3 and 5 there will be opportunities to be observed through practical assessment. Competency based assessments will take place under exam conditions.

Delegates will undertake:

Part 1 – completing 1 and a 1/2 days classroom training.

Worked-based learning – consists of a further 3-month period of clinical assessment and competency progression and development against measurable outcomes. Delegates will complete a learning log, reflective diary, along with a competency based framework document, which will need to be signed off by a mentor/supervisor. Copies of this document should be kept.

Part 2 – consists of a further 2 days in classroom followed by a further period of workbased learning where delegates will continue to complete their workbooks and competency based framework.

Part 3 – Delegates will return to the training room and be assesed by experienced trainers who will assess under exam conditions.

Delegates must bring all of your work to all taught sessions, Part 2 + 3, this will provide

the trainer the opportunity to review work completed so far.

Delegates will receive email support from Annie Barr Associates, during the workbased

periods of learning.

This 32-week course consists of the following

  • Classroom training
  • Supervised practice- from start of course 6 months
  • Practical clinical placements
  • The clinical placement includes:
  • Directed learning
  • Reflective practice
  • SWOT analysis
  • Practical assessments

Learning will be assessed using the following methods:

  • Competency base tools
  • Competency progression and status
  • Behavioural activity
  • Behavioural objectives
  • Written examination
  • Observed clinical practice
  • Questions on content
  • Critical thinking and reflection on actions
  • OSCE
  • Reflective diary
  • Learning Log

who should attend?

This course will appeal to Health Care Assistants working in general practice, primary or secondary health care settings and those willing to develop their current role.

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