Healthcare Assistant development programme

6th November 2019

Education for Health has just completed the delivery of a new four-day programme of learning for healthcare assistants.

The healthcare assistant development programme has been commissioned by NHS England to support Action 9 of the GPN ten point action plan — ‘Develop healthcare support workers; (HCSW), apprenticeship and nursing associate career pathways.’

It is hoped that this programme will increase the number of people taking up the opportunity to train as nursing associates in general practice, and also inspire and empower healthcare assistants (HCAs) who currently work in general practice by developing self-awareness, self-belief and an appetite for learning.

Feedback included:

“I’ve never been on a course where the whole room has been so interested and responsive.”

“In such a good way – makes you reflect within your job role.”

“Overall been brilliant — so many ideas to take back to practice.”

“Engaging and interesting. Put over in such a good way – very enjoyable.”

To find out more, read the article about the programme, written by Education for Health’s Rhian Last and Gill Hall, in the current issue of Journal of General Practice Nursing, or Journal of Community Nursing Vol 33, No 4.