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Healthcare assistants

There are no new HCA training courses as present but do check back here regularly.

The Primary Care Nurse Forum is open to all nursing team members. Check out the Primary Care Nursing Team webpages

The links below may be of interest with regards to what is mandatory for HCAs and nurses.

National Minimum Standards and Core Curriculum for Immunisation Training of Healthcare Support Workers: Healthcare Assistant Training Standards Guidance - Sep 2015 (source: GOV.UK)

RCN Statutory and Mandatory Training for Nurses Advice guide (source RCN Direct)

The Care Certificate

The Care Certificate was officially launched in April 2015. There is a new set of standards which all newly appointed Health Care Assistants must meet.

There are no set guidelines for HCA training apart from the Care Certificate.
The Care Certificate can be fully mapped across to the Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Clinical Healthcare Support. The Apprenticeship takes 18 – 24 months to complete however West Suffolk College ensure that the knowledge part of the Care Certificate is completed within the first 12 weeks on programme. One of your nurses would still have to observe the HCA in practice in order for the units to be signed off as complete the Level 3 qualification cover clinical activities such as taking bloods, cannulation, taking BPs etc.



If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us:

SNEE Primary Care Workforce Team email: neeccg.sneeprimarycareworkforce@nhs.net

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