Why do Healthcare Assistants need CPD?
According to UNISON, there are more than 400,000 health care assistants (HCAs) and clinical support workers in the UK working alongside nurses and other health professionals in the NHS. They have numerous responsibilities and typically have more direct contact with patients than other medical professionals. HCAs deliver 60% of patient care and have an important role in the health and well-being of the UK population (UNISON).
HCAs must have good interpersonal skills and confidence in dealing with challenging situations. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training can help HCAs keep their knowledge on legislation and policies and skills up to date. CPD can also open up many opportunities for career progression.
CPD courses most suited to Healthcare Assistants
Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults (SOVA) Level 2£20 + VAT View course
Workplace First Aid£20 + VAT View course
Care Certificate£20 + VAT View course
Equality and Diversity£15 + VAT View course
Moving and Handling in Care£20 + VAT View course
LGBTQ+ Awareness£20 + VAT View course
Needles and Sharps£20 + VAT View course
PPE in Healthcare£20 + VAT View course
End of life care£20 + VAT View course
Fire Safety in Care Homes£20 + VAT View course
Infection Control£20 + VAT View course
Food Safety and Hygiene in Care£20 + VAT View course
Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults (SOVA) Level 3£49 + VAT View course
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)£20 + VAT View course
Mental Health Act£20 + VAT View course
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The course was exactly what was required. Easy to dip in and out, no issues. Clear instructions. Thoroughly enjoyed my course. Will definitely do more courses through them.
The course was very interesting and broad on policies and legislative and regulatory. It captured major awareness and points on administering medication and individual safeguarding.
Daniel Kotey Addison
Excellent and speedy result. Reading was easy and fully comprehensive. I will definitely do more updates and refer other carers. Many thanks.
Teresa D. Farelo
Moving and Handling in Care
What CPD courses do Healthcare Assistants need?
HCAs need to have the necessary knowledge and skills to provide safe and high-quality person-centred care to patients. The Care Certificate is a vital part of training and development for those new to health and social care or new staff who already work in the sector.
HCAs will require CPD relating to all aspects of patient care. They may also care for those who have mental, physical or learning difficulties. Some examples of relevant courses may include safeguarding adults and children, food safety and hygiene, administering medication, the Mental Capacity Act, the Mental Health Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS).
HCAs will also work with many different health care professionals. They will have responsibilities to look after themselves and others when carrying out their duties. Therefore, additional courses they may need could include health and safety, needles and sharps, infection control, COSHH awareness, moving and handling and even COVID-19.
A guide to CPD for Healthcare Assistants
Work in health and social care is fast-paced and ever-changing. Legislation, technology, ways of working and standards are constantly updated, and new approaches introduced. Therefore, HCAs need to keep abreast with the latest developments and legislation by undertaking CPD.
The Code of Conduct requires HCAs to undertake CPD. The Code states that they must “strive to improve the quality of healthcare, care and support through continuing professional development.” The Code is voluntary. However, it is best practice, and many employers will expect HCAs to comply.
HCAs must participate in CPD to achieve the competence required for their role and to be able to provide high-quality person-centred care. Competence means having a combination of relevant training, knowledge, skills and experience. Regular CPD training is a vital part of achieving competency and complying with the Code and the 6Cs.
There are professional bodies that may require members to undertake some form of CPD. Some may also require members to undertake a certain number of CPD hours annually. Employers may also ask HCAs to undertake CPD as part of their role.
If you are not already aware of the CPD training you require, you should ask your employer and check current professional development standards for HCAs. You can also think about where the gaps are in your knowledge and skills and which areas you could improve. The Code of Conduct can help you identify areas for CPD.
Many things count towards your CPD, and they should be relevant to you and your goals. For example, you can attend seminars/lectures/webinars, read books/journals, listen to podcasts and undertake work-based learning. You can also complete our e-learning courses, which will count as part of your CPD.
Our e-learning courses are CPD certified and accredited under the CPD Certification Service. When you complete your course, you will gain an accredited qualification and CPD points (hours). The more training courses you undertake, the more knowledge and CPD points you will achieve.
We have different levels of courses for some areas, e.g. safeguarding (children or vulnerable adults) levels 2 and 3. If you are looking for more in-depth knowledge on a topic, then a level 3 course would probably be more suited to your needs.
To make the most out of your learning, you should adopt a structured and consistent approach to your CPD by undertaking training that meets your personal development needs as an HCA. Your CPD should also meet your employer’s agreed ways of working.
Once logged in, you can work through your course in a few hours (depending on the type), and there is no time limit for completion. You can work through it at your own pace at a location of your choice. Very rarely do students need help, but if you do, our staff are here to assist.
After completion of your course, including passing the quiz, you can download your PDF certificate immediately. Our professional-looking certificates are fully CPD regulated. They can provide evidence of training to enforcement authorities, professional bodies and prospective employers.
You can log onto your account at any time and download your certificates. You can keep them on file or email them through to your manager. It is also easy to print off a hard copy of your certificate and keep it with your other qualifications and awards in your CPD portfolio. You will also receive a copy of your certificate in the post.
Logging CPD hours
Each of our CPD accredited courses will have a number of points assigned to it. One CPD point is equal to one hour of active learning, which means that you will get one point for every hour you spend on a CPD activity.
The number of points you will earn on completion of the course is in the course description, along with an estimated time to complete. This will give you your CPD hours.
You must keep a log of your CPD hours for the year and make a record of whether you have met your learning objectives. It is important to maintain an accurate CPD record as part of your CPD portfolio and personal development plan (PDP).
Logging CPD hours and keeping training records will have a positive impact on your overall career in health and social care. Also, knowing more about patients’ needs will help you provide better care and support.
Your certificates and any other documentation relating to your CPD should be retained as evidence. The Code of Conduct requires you to maintain an up-to-date record of your training and development.
Some professional bodies require CPD records to be kept for a period of five years, and employers may want you to keep them for longer. You will need to check any requirements for CPD documentation retention times specific to your HCA role.
There is not a prescribed format when recording your CPD. Although, you may be required to use a specific format by an employer or professional body.
Your CPD record may be audited by your employer or by an external party, such as enforcement authorities and professional bodies. This is another reason why keeping evidence of your CPD is important.
Renewing CPD certificates
It is recommended that you renew your CPD certificate every two years. However, your health and social care employer may want you to complete a refresher every year. This will depend on the rules within the organisation.
Refresher training also counts towards your CPD. Therefore, you can log CPD hours for every course you undertake, including those taken as a refresher.