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Care Certificates help show real HCA promise at Southend Hospital

13 March 2018

Health Care

Care certificates were recently handed out to the latest group of Health Care Assistants (HCA) who had completed their studies at Southend University Hospital. Director of Nursing, Denise Townsend, was on presenting duties.

The certificate recognises all the hard work HCAs do for patients at Southend Hospital, in completing the 15 standards of the Care Certificate. It's the minimum training, supervision and assessment that all health care workers now receive as part of their induction when joining the Trust, and is also being offered to existing staff.

One of those collecting their certificate was Ben Quinn, who has been an HCA since

June 2017. This is his first care role and previously the 20 year old worked at Basildon Hospital doing maintenance.

He said: "It's been a big career change for me; working in a hospital environment I saw what great work went on and wanted to get involved.

"Getting this certificate is a good achievement for me as it really fits my job role in the acute medical unit and I've learnt so much since I started here. Lots of new skills and the certificate was just a part of that. Everyone has just been so supportive and it gives me opportunities to progress further in my career, such as in nursing.

"Becoming an HCA has given me a real grounding and opportunities to progress."

Danielle Ball is a stroke supervisor on the stroke unit, a role she has held for just over a year, with eight years on the stroke ward in total. She explained what she got out of studying the certificate.

She said: "It's making me think again of what I'm doing and why on a day to day basis, making you think and write down what is important. It's been great to come together as a group with all our different experience.

"So to have one question and have so many different answers and approaches is really interesting and gives us all a far more rounded perspective."

The HCAs could now go on to complete an apprenticeship and then progress to become an Associate Practitioner by completing a Foundation Degree in Nursing. This initial certificate gives them a huge boost as they progress their careers towards becoming qualified nurses."