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HCAs are first cohort at Trust to receive The Care Certificate

18 January 2017

Health Care

A group of 34 Healthcare Assistants (HCAs) at Southend University Hospital are the first at the Trust to receive the highly prized Care Certificate.

The Care Certificate is the minimum training, supervision and assessment that all health care workers now receive as part of their induction when joining the Trust. It is also being offered to existing staff.

It provides a foundation for those working in the healthcare support and social care worker roles and was developed jointly by Skills for Care, Health Education England and Skills for Health.

The certificates were handed out by Managing Director, Yvonne Bl├╝cher, who congratulated all the HCAs that had completed the certificate and thanked them for all their hard work, completing it during their own time whilst juggling working full time.

Yvonne told the recipients: "You are all my champions. Completing this course shows your resilience and how well you work under pressure; it is the first stepping stone to what you want to do.

"It puts our HCAs in a better place to meet the challenges on their career journey. It is has been a lot of hard study, both practical and theoretical and is a huge achievement. It is something our HCAs and their families should be really proud of and should be celebrated in our wards and department areas."

The HCAs could now progress to complete an apprenticeship and then progress to become an Associate Practitioner by completing a Foundation Degree in Nursing, this initial certificate giving them a huge boost to following a pathway to the possibility of becoming qualified nurses in the future.

This certificate is about supporting new staff and nurturing existing ones, two of the latter are Serenity Eagle, 41, from Westcliff and Tomas Fowles, 21, from Rochford.

Serenity has been an HCA on Neptune Ward since November 2015. She said: "This qualification will stay with me for the rest of my career and will really help put me ahead of the game. I've got so much more out of it than just a certificate though, it has helped me form friendships and integrate with the ward team. Their support to complete in such a short time has been excellent and I have learnt far more than what was required."

Tomas Fowles, also an HCA, has been part of the Elective Admissions team since September 2015. He will be using his certificate as part of his application for a nursing degree. He said: "This will look excellent on my application for the University of Suffolk. I'm very proud to get this certificate and it really shows my versatility.

"I think that it is nice being part of something that regulates people and that we all have the same level of understanding no matter where we want to turn career wise in health."