Foundation HCA and HCSW’s In General Practice Course

Course Summary

This course is mapped against the “Skills for Care’- Care certificate standards and has been adapted for staff new to general practice. This course  includes self directed learning and live zoom sessions. Please note that this course does not award the Skills for Health certificate. We have include links to their document to guide your practice. 

Whats Included

  • Self directed online learning which includes a series of online audio presentations with an MCQ and booklet.
  • Competency workbook which  allows all delegates to record knowledge gained and assessments undertaken.  This book can then be taken into the workplace for employers to sign off once this knowledge has been demonstrated
  • General practice recommended competencies for HCSW’s

Who should Attend

This session is for care workers, healthcare assistants and social care support workers:

  • Who are new to the workplace or new to care 
  • Existing staff requiring refresher training

Pre Requisites

  • Download the Care Certificate document and recognise the importance of the 15 standards against which to benchmark practice.


This course will prepare delegates with the knowledge and skills needed to work towards a role in general practice.

Learning Objectives

  1. Develop knowledge of some of the 15 standards developed jointly by Skills for Care, Health Education England and Skills for Health.
  2. Recognise the importance of patient centred care.
  3. Develop skills in taking a blood pressure, blood glucose, urine dipstick and temperature.
  4. Have an understanding of QOF templates used in general practice.
  5. Develop knowledge and skills in undertaking a part 1 Diabetes examination.
  6. Develop skills in completing a CVD QOF template.
  7. Understand the importance of diabetes and cardiovascular disease monitoring and the importance of recognising normal and abnormal findings.

Course Content

  • Ethical and Legal concepts
  • New Patient checks
  • Monitoring vital signs such as blood pressure, heart rate, pulse and oxygen saturation.
  • Understanding what is sepsis in general practice

Chronic Disease Courses Recorded Webinars

  1. Part 1 Diabetes Examination: Foot assessment, blood glucose monitoring, completing QOF templates
  2. Cardiovascular Examination: Blood pressure monitoring, health education and nutritional advice
  3. Parkinsons and Multiple Sclerosis
  4. Learning `disabilities and managing challenging behaviour

Session Type: Self directed Online audio sessions

  1. Mental Capacity, Consent, Capacity and Confidentiality
  2. Equality and Diversity
  3. Information Governance
  4. Safeguarding Adults Level 3
  5. Safeguarding Children Level 3
  6. Anaphylaxis
  7. BLS, AED and Recovery position
  8. Infection Control
  9. Communication
  10. Privacy and dignity
  11. Fluids and nutrition
  12. Awareness of mental health, dementia and learning disabilities
  13. Health and safety
  14. Handling information
  15. Infection prevention and control
  16. Work in a person centred way              
  17. Equality and diversity
  18. Duty of care
  19. Your personal development
  20. Understand your role

***It is recommended you identify a mentor to guide you and provide you with support to complete your skills competencies. We recommend you allocate at least 26 weeks to complete competencies understanding supervision of a mentor.

You are encouraged to work through the Care Certificate workbook prior to attending this course.

Lecturers: Jeshni Amblum-Almer 

Skills for Health workbook - guidance document

.You are required to also complete the online e-learning sessions and refer to the Skills for Care document.

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