Health Care Support Worker (HCSW)

Senior Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship

For those wishing to further their career with an accredited qualification as well as Admin staff wanting to gain knowledge, experience and relevant qualifications to progress in to a clinical role. For information see our apprenticeship page

New Care Certificate Assessors eLearning course 

Created in partnership with Health Education England, the Care Certificate assessors eLearning course has been designed to support Care Certificate assessment. The interactive content within the course has been designed to support existing Care Certificate assessors in refreshing their skills, and for those new to assessing. 

Employers can claim £100 from the Workforce Development Fund (WDF) for every employee who successfully completes both sessions, and where WDF eligibility criteria has been met. 

Developing professional practice and personal leadership skills for healthcare support workers in primary care - short course

Healthcare support workers play a key role in delivering excellent patient care within general practice, and therefore developing and retaining those workers is key to developing a workforce that is capable of meeting the future needs of the NHS.

With Education for Health, the NHS have developed a 12-week online learning course plus one Essentials Clinical Workshop (2 x two-hour sessions).

Register online and select the course date you require. You will then need to use the code CC-X209A-4219 when purchasing to ensure that you are not charged for this course. Please be aware that places are limited and are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Future dates will be released quarterly.

Registration for cohort 2 closes at 5pm on 18 October (course starts 1 Nov). Other dates are also available.

The RCN has guidance for Nursing Associates and vaccine administration and staff who can administer Covid vaccinations:

Phlebotomy training

All upcoming Phlebotomy training cohorts are currently fully booked. If you would like to express your interest to be added to a waiting list for future cohorts, please email [email protected]

Pre-study course for entry to the Training Nursing Associate role

Health Education England (HEE) are offering existing Health Care Assistants / Health Care Support Workers, including those without a professional qualification, the chance to undertake a free of charge pre-study course to enable entry to the Training Nursing Associate (TNA) course. The pre-course will consist of one day a week for 3 months and will include a refresh on study skills and identification of any further support that may be required.

Presently the salary and on-costs for the TNA role is funded through the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme and employers can claim the apprenticeship levy to cover the cost of the TNA training course. Funding is available from HEE of £4,000 per year (£8,000 for 2 years training) to be used flexibly by the employer to support this, for example to fund additional supervision provided by the practice. To ensure candidates from primary care networks are supported a pre-study course starting in December 2021 is being offered free of charge. This will also support those who presently do not have the functional skills Math and English at level 2 to enable them access to the TNA course.

Expressions of interest should be sent to [email protected] by Friday 3 December 2021.