Clinical Skills Course for Health Care Assistants (HCAs)

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Clinical Skills Course for Health Care Assistants (HCAs)

Event Summary

This course has been designed specifically for non-registered General Practice staff and is suitable for those staff possibly moving from an administrative role across to a clinical role. In attending, Health Care Assistants, Care Navigators or General Practice Assistants will begin developing clinical skills to support the diversity of their emerging roles.

Wednesday, 5 March - Wednesday, 2 April
09:30 - 12:30
Weybrook Park Golf Course, Rooksdown Lane, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG24 9NT, United Kingdom

Main Contact

Lead Team
+442382122912
This training course is accessible for wheelchair users.
If you have any communication or mobility needs that the event organisers need to be aware of please contact them in advance of the course to let them know.

Event Speakers & Trainers

Mrs Julia Judd
Mrs Julia Judd
Speaker & Trainer
Mrs Julia O'Mara
Mrs Julia O'Mara
Speaker & Trainer

Days 1 & 2 - Coffee & Registration 09:15, session runs 09:30 to 16:00 (Lunch Included)

Day 3 - Zoom Registration 09:15, session runs 09:30 to 12:30

This is a 2.5 day course:

  • Wednesday 05th March 2025 at Weybrook Park Golf Club
  • Thursday 06th March 2025 November at Weybrook Park Golf Club
  • Half Day Zoom session 02nd April 2025 - over Zoom 

You are required to attend all 3 sessions to be eligible for your certificate of attendance.

Introduction 

This course is an opportunity for any new Health Care Assistants working in General Practice to increase their skills and competencies in clinical practice.  In addition, this course can be used as a refresher for existing HCAs who would benefit from a new set of competencies for clinical skills.

Often working autonomously with indirect supervision, these staff need evidence to underpin their knowledge and skills, knowing the scope of their practice and when to refer to the Nurse or GP. This course will cover several core subjects for clinical practice and provide a competency framework for each area of learning to be completed with mentorship within the workplace.

Each student will be provided with their own personal CPD Development folder that they can use as a working document to store evidence of learning. As they build their Portfolio it will demonstrate their valuable contribution to the workforce; improving patient care and encouraging self-development. The portfolio will become invaluable in their continued development, whether they progress to train as a Nursing Associate or Nurse or purely to consolidate their clinical role within the practice.

Following completion of the two-day course, there will be a follow up Zoom session 4-6 weeks later, providing an opportunity for Reflection, supervision and to review the learning and competencies completed to date.   It is important you attend all 3 sessions.

Aims

The interactive two days face to face training will cover several core subjects and provide a competency framework for each area of learning to complete with mentorship back in the workplace. Using a blend of resources such as quizzes, case studies and group discussion, the teaching will be both fun and informative.

Objectives

Each HCA who attends the course will receive their own personal Development Portfolio and induction framework that they can use as a working document to store their evidence of learning. This will become invaluable as their growing skill set show cases their contribution to General practice.

Prior to this course the HCA will receive a Preceptorship document as a working tool to enable some in -house development and prepare them for the course. Please bring this document with you to the course.

Following the two core days, there will be a half day zoom workshop to refresh and consolidate skills in (it is important you attend all sessions 2.5 days in total)

Day One: 

  • The role of the HCA
  • Clinical Governance in Practice
  • Issue of Portfolios and how to use them
  • Working with your mentors for sign off
  • Chaperone training
    • Competency framework
  • The Deteriorating patient; monitoring in General Practice
  • Pulse / Temp/ Resps / O2 sats / Urinalysis
  • Blood pressure monitoring and Hypertension
    • Competency framework

Day Two: 

  • Recording an E.C.G
    • Competency framework
  • An Overview of Diabetes (the annual review)
    • Competency framework
  • Diabetes foot checks
    • Competency Framework
  • Removal of Stitches and Staples
    • Competency framework

Day Three: Half Day on ZOOM

Evaluation of competencies and “Putting it into practice”

  • Effective team communication
  • Reflective writing
  • What’s next: opportunities and courses to develop.
  • Interactive Quiz to refresh and update all your learning finish

Please note this session will NOT be recorded

Event Speakers & Trainers

Mrs Julia Judd
Mrs Julia Judd
Nurse Practitioner

Qualifications

  • RGN (Bsc)
  • NMP
  • PGCE

Julia qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1989 and has enjoyed a diverse career working in the emergency department and acute surgical wards before settling on a career in primary care. Since 1994 Julia has worked in General Practice, building her portfolio of skills to include practice nursing and management of long-term conditions. As her career developed, she later extended her role to become a nurse practitioner and independent prescriber, working in both leadership and acute care. Her work in a large inner-city practice in Portsmouth continued until spring of 2023 whereby Julia took the decision to retire from clinical practice and focus on  her educational role exclusively.

Julia remains passionate about nurse training and education, enjoying both the challenges and rewards that this brings. Her vision is to make education and learning fun, interactive, easy to understand and practical with realistic expectations for Primary Care.

Mrs Julia O'Mara
Mrs Julia O'Mara
Practice Nurse Educator

Julia O'Mara qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1989, and has experience in many fields of nursing and teaching. Julia has been working in Primary care in 1994 where she developed skills in practice nursing, long term conditions, first contact, history taking and assessment skills and independent nurse prescribing. Currently Julia has a leading role as The Nurse Advisor for Portsmouth City Clinical Commissioning Group. This role involves listening to the views of the nurses in the city and looking at ways to improve services and delivery of care. At a strategic level Julia manages and chairs the Professional Practice Nurse Forum, co-chairs the Non-Medical Prescriber's Forum and has an instrumental role in practice nurse education and development through TARGET

Price List

Name

Description

Price (Inc VAT)

All GPs and members of staff working within GP practices in the Wessex LMCs’ catchment area

This option is for everyone working in a Practice in the Wessex LMC catchment area that does not fit into one of the other options on offer.

£500.00

Non Members

This is the cost if you are not working in a Practice in the Wessex LMCs catchment area. £1000.00
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Health Care Assistants, Care Navigators or GPAs

We are delighted that NHS South East have agreed to fund this course for all HCAs & members of the Nursing Team working in Practices in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. To access this funding you must be a Health Care Assistants, Care Navigators or General Practice Assistants or member of the Nursing Team working in a Practice in Hampshire (excluding North East Hants) or the Isle of Wight.

£00.00

Waiting List

Please be advised there are spaces available on this course unless it states otherwise. If a course is full you will be given the option to book on the waiting list. If you are on the waiting list and a place becomes available, you will be notified automatically you do NOT need to contact Wessex LMCs. 

Refunds

All delegate fees are non-refundable, however, if it has been agreed that a refund is possible, it will be subject to an administration charge of £5 for fees of £100 or less, or £10 for fees more than £100.

Attendance Details

In certain circumstances, we will share details of attendance or non-attendance with the person who booked and/or funded this course for the delegate. If you have any objection to your attendance status being shared, please can you contact Louise Greenwood (Director of Education & Training, Wessex LMCs) at least 48 hours before the start of the training on louise.greenwood@wessexlmcs.org.uk

Pharmaceutical Sponsorship

This event may be sponsored by pharmaceutical company/ies having the opportunity for promotional product presentation at the start of the meeting. No pharmaceutical companies have been involved in the selection of speakers, agenda items, or any other matters relating to this training. Your name and Practice will be shared with the Rep but not your email address

 

Further Dates

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Event Information

Introduction

This course has been designed specifically for non-registered General Practice staff and is suitable for those staff possibly moving from an administrative role across to a clinical role. In attending, Health Care Assistants, Care Navigators or General Practice Assistants will begin developing clinical skills to support the diversity of their emerging roles.

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Event Information

Introduction

This course has been designed specifically for non-registered General Practice staff and is suitable for those staff possibly moving from an administrative role across to a clinical role. In attending, Health Care Assistants, Care Navigators or General Practice Assistants will begin developing clinical skills to support the diversity of their emerging roles.