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Tue, 03 Sept


A mix of Virtual and In person sessions

Essential Skills Course, including Care Certificate

All dates must be attended.

Essential Skills Course, including Care Certificate
Essential Skills Course, including Care Certificate

Time & Location

03 Sept 2024, 10:00 – 04 Jan 2025, 16:30

A mix of Virtual and In person sessions


About the event

Please DO NOT sign up to the Care Certificate unless you are able to attend EVERY training session detailed below.

Care Certificate Day 1 of 3, 3rd September 2024 -9am-4:30pm (via Zoom)

Care Certificate Day 2 of 3, 18th September 2024 - 9am-4:30pm (via Zoom)

Care Certificate day 3 of 3, 2nd October 2024 - 9am-4:30pm (via Zoom)

Treatment Room Management 22nd October 2024 9am-4:30pm (via Zoom)

Physiological measurements Day 1 of 2, 5th November 2024 9am-4:30pm (via Zoom)

Physiological measurements Day 2 of 2, 19th November 2024 9am-4:30pm (IN PERSON)

Introduction to Wound Care 4th December 2024 9am-4:30pm (IN PERSON)

IN PERSON sessions will be held at the PCS Building,160 Falcon Road, London, SW11 2LN. This venue is by Clapham Junction Train Station.

Zoom sessions you will need access to a working computer with internet access and sound. You will be required to be on camera, these sessions will be highly interactive so be ready to be engaged.

Course Contents of 7 Day Essential Skills for HCAs and HCSWs

7 days spread over the course of 4 months

The first 3 days will consist of the learners undertaking the Care Certificate.  The 3 Day Care Certificate training for new/relatively new health care support workers (HCSWs), health care assistants (HCAs) and phlebotomists working in the primary and social care settings. 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 training programme has been developed specifically for new recruits to the primary and social care setting and is delivered  by trainers who have many years experience,  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 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 3 more sessions over 4 days which include an introductory training into Wound Care, Physiological Measurements and Treatment room management.

The first day will be a training day on Treatment Room Management covering the 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. Finally the learners will be taught safe waste disposal, emergency calls and personal equipment and protection.

The basic introduction into Physiological Measurements and Hypertension includes teaching of the AP of the circulatory system, prevalence and risk factors, and signs and symptoms. Additionally differences between hypotension and hypertension along with the benefits of maintenance of control, health promotion and signposting will be covered and the practical side of the session includes taking accurate BP measurements.

The last day – an Introduction into Wound Care will give a basic introduction into simple wound aseptic techniques, AP of skin, types of wounds and how they may be sustained. There will also be a practical element to this day where and effective hand washing, aseptic and clean dressing changes of wounds will be covered as well as looking at equipment and different types of dressings.

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