Healthcare Assistant

Healthcare assistants make sure the patient experience is as comfortable and stress-free as possible. It can also be the stepping stone into many other NHS roles.

Do you want to work as a Healthcare Assistant?

If you are interested in becoming a Healthcare Assistant, you can check the Essex Primary Care Careers site which can be accessed here.

If you're not sure what a healthcare assistant does then watch this video produced by NHS Careers which gives further information on what it is like to work as a healthcare assistant in the NHS.

Already a Healthcare Assistant and looking to develop your career?

If you are a healthcare assistant working in General Practice in Hertfordshire and West Essex, there are a number of ways that you can develop your career including training and development opportunities which can be found listed below.

If you are looking to develop your career, why not consider completing an apprenticeship to become a Nursing Associate? This is an excellent opportunity to earn while you learn and to gain invaluable skills and experience. For more information on NA apprenticeships, please click here.

Training and Development Opportunities:

Have you ever been in a situation where you want to challenge someone’s behaviour - but you didn’t know how to do it or what to say?

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This course covers the essential models of assertiveness and influencing, and provides a strong insight into the dynamics of one-to-one interactions.

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For nurses, doctors and allied professionals working in a primary care setting who need to develop and enhance their head to toe assessment skills of a presenting child (not neonates).

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These monthly online asthma refreshers are designed for health and care professionals who manage people with asthma, wish to refresh their skills and implement quality improvement initiatives.

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These sessions are those who would like to update their knowledge and skills in basic life support and using a defibrillator as well as the management of anaphylaxis.

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This half day course is for HCAs, Assistant Practitioners and other practice staff who would like to understand more about blood tests and their results.

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License for CDEP Courses - CDEP has five levels (as per the UK Diabetics Competency Framework.

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Explore and develop person-centred approaches in care when supporting people with dementia, which respects individuality and personal choice. Understand neuropathology in dementia, how it affects a person’s mental, physical and emotional capacity. And learn about the broader ethical and legal issues relating to dementia.

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This half day course is for non clinical staff and HCAs who would like to undertake the role of chaperone in their practice.

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For all professionals who come into contact with children and young people with asthma.

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When preparing for a CQC inspection a whole team approach is required.  It is not only the responsibility of the Practice or Registered Manager.

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This training is a 2-hour session about understanding dementia aimed at all staff and volunteers wanting to know more about dementia.

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This training is a 2-hour session about understanding dementia aimed at all staff and volunteers wanting to know more about dementia.

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The Dementia Interpreter course will allow you to begin to learn the language of dementia, and truly understand how communication can change for people living with dementia.

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Healthcare Support Workers (HCSWs) play a key role in delivering excellent patient care within all sectors of health and care, and therefore developing and retaining those workers is key to developing a workforce that is capable of meeting the future needs of the NHS. 

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The aim of this half day, face to face workshop, is to provide HCAs, AHPs, Paramedics and Clinical Pharmacists with the knowledge and skills they require to undertake foot checks on patients with diabetes.

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Are you a Clinical Practice Pharmacist, Primary Care HCA or GP Nurse who conducts diabetes reviews?

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A practical ear care course for Healthcare Support Workers. Developing safe practice in ear irrigation (syringing) which attracts a high level of litigation.

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A review of the theory and practice of ear irrigation using the Propulse irrigator for those currently undertaking ear irrigation in their workplace.

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East & North Herts Primary Care, ICT and Nursing Home ICT HCAs and Nurses, and will give you all the skills needed to deliver excellent leg ulcer care to your patients.

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This conference has been instigated and organised by the East of England Diabetes Clinical Network, with support from Lynn Dorsett, Diabetes Network Manager, central Norfolk

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This half-day course has been meticulously crafted to empower Healthcare Assistants (HCAs) and other unregistered staff with the essential knowledge and skills required for proficient ECG recording.

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This training has been developed as part of the NHS England Respiratory Long Term Plan Breathlessness Management workstream, to support colleagues with easily accessible education around non-pharmacological self-management support for people living with chronic breathlessness.

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This Essentials of Asthma course is aimed at learners who are new to working with asthma patients and would like an overview of the disease, diagnosis, and management.

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This Essentials of COPD course is aimed at learners who are new to working with COPD patients and would like an overview of the disease, diagnosis, and management.

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This Essentials of Diabetes course is aimed at learners who are new to working with diabetes patients and would like an overview of the disease, diagnosis, and management.

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The Foundation Degree in Nursing Associate Practice is suitable for existing HCAs to advance into registered Nursing Associate roles.

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The training will cover all aspects of immunisation practice in line with PHEs Immunisation Training Standards for Healthcare Practitioners tailored to the context of General Practice.

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Hertfordshire Mind Network has extensive experience within the field of mental health training and is recognised as a leading provider of mental health-related training in Hertfordshire.

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Conversations training for line managers, peers and those with caring responsibilities for staff

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If you only deliver Flu vaccines, Occupational health or adult vaccines, these bespoke update courses may be more appropriate for you. Please note New immunsiers' (2-day) Foundation (one-off) course must have been completed previously.

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This is a Two-Day Immunisation Training Course for Healthcare Support Workers/Healthcare Assistants (HCSWs/HCAs).

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The International Practitioner Health Summit 2024 will focus on a new hope for workforce wellbeing and solutions for the future.

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The Women’s Health Conference is designed for primary care healthcare professionals to gain a comprehensive insight into identified clinical issues that uniquely affect women and women’s health.

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This comprehensive program is tailored for experienced Practice Nurses, ANP’s, ENP’s, Paramedics, and Pharmacists who seek to enhance their proficiency in this vital area.

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Welcome to our focused half-day course on 'Intrauterine Contraception Counselling and Removal,' a comprehensive training designed for clinicians seeking to deepen their understanding and skills in the safe management of IUC (Intrauterine Contraception).

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This study day is for nurses and Allied Health Professional who wish to gain practical skills and an understanding of the care of patients with asthma.

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The course consists of 2 face to face study days, followed by a period of supervised practice with a nurse mentor.

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To help raise awareness of developments in and up to date information about the menopause and perimenopause.

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Join us via Zoom for this informative and interactive course designed for nurses, healthcare professionals, and healthcare assistants who are new to wound management in the primary care setting

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The course aims to enable you to obtain the knowledge and skills needed to perform wound care and remove sutures/staples.

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Please find below links to all Leg Ulcer training being provided by HCT for East and North Hertfordshire colleagues.

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Various fully funded level 2 online programmes provided by Hart Learning and Development.

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Do you work in Primary Care and want to learn more about the NHSE Diabetes Prevention Programme? If so, please keep reading!

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These 2 half day sessions address the ‘need to know’ elements for a range of areas covered by health care assistants at all levels.  

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Primary care teams continue to work tirelessly in their communities to provide high quality care and support for their patients.

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Register to access all education and training on the Macmillan Cancer Support Learning Hub for free! Education and training for health and social care professionals.. Sign up today!

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Interactive online learning ‘ECHO’ networks for health and social care professionals who deliver end of life care to share knowledge on relevant topics, bringing together communities of practice with a shared goal. From Marie Curie.

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This online Mental Health Awareness in the Workplace package covers 8 modules to improve employee wellbeing and reduce risks of employee burnout, highlighting the need for resilience, emotional intelligence, and mindfulness at work.

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Training for: PCN staff including GP’s: Opportunity to practice basic suicide prevention skills in a psychologically safe setting (Risk assessment / formulation and safety planning)

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The NHS England Leadership Academy has ongoing events and opportunities available. Please click on the links below for more information

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The new Oliver McGowan training on Learning Disability and Autism is being rolled out across health and social care in Hertfordshire and west Essex.

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The ICB Diabetes Project team has launched the online Diabetes 8 Care Process training programme.

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Monthly IPC and COVID guidance update webinars

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Please join us to find out more about Nursing Associates in Primary Care on Thursday 14th March 2024 from 12 - 1 pm.

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This course is aimed at any healthcare professional who participates in the assessment, management and delivery of care for people with or at risk of developing diabetes.

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This 15-minute course aims to provide education and raise awareness of vulval cancer.

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This course is specifically designed for Support Staff i.e HCAs, GPAs, and Pharmacy Technicians who may be expanding their role to support the healthcare clinician who conducts the full Asthma and COPD reviews.

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This one-day course on Sexual Health in Primary Care is tailored for Nurses, Nurse Associates, Pharmacists, and Allied Health Professionals working within General Practice.

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Practical core skills training based course underpinned with essential theory and knowledge. Aimed at healthcare assistants who need to develop their role.

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This Spirometry Interactive Blended Online Learning Package including ARTP assessment access course is designed for healthcare professionals.

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THESE SESSIONS ARE OPEN TO ALL, INCLUDING MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

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HEART UK and Health Innovation East are pleased to invite all health care professionals and colleagues working in the NHS to an in-person event focused on cholesterol.

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This course will equip non-registrants to allocate patients safely into face to face or telephone appointments, with an appropriate practitioner or service. The course will also equip non-registered staff to question for, recognise and allocate patients with urgent health needs

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The conference aims to bring current and aspiring Caldicott Guardians together to understand current issues and the national context.

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This course is suitable for those who are new to the role of HCA as well as HCAs who are making the transition to working as an HCA in general practice.

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This diverse course covering all areas of palliative and end of life care will be delivered over seven days from May to December 2023 with an impact day being held in March 2024.

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This event will be delivered online and is suitable for Healthcare Professionals who are involved in the management of people with type 2 diabetes.

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This half day session aims to provide healthcare workers with the theoretical/practical skills and knowledge required to safely fit and change pessaries.

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The 2024 Women’s Health Conference aims to provide primary care healthcare professionals with a thorough understanding of clinical issues that specifically impact women’s health.

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This course is designed for HCAs who are new to wound care. The course aims to enable HCAs in general practice to obtain the knowledge and skills they need to perform wound care and remove sutures/staples.

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An opportunity to develop knowledge and skills for wound management, infection control and removing skin closure devices.

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ZSA's FREE online training courses teach you the skills and confidence to have a potentially life-saving conversation with someone you’re worried about.

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Primary Care Clinician's Educational Evening Webinars 2023/24

These will be held on a monthly basis and will cover a variety of subjects such as: new pathways, cancer care, menopause, suicide prevention.