Community and Primary Care – study days

Within community and primary care, participation in professional development can lead to:

  • ensuring that your skills and knowledge are based on the latest evidence
  • utilising the most appropriate techniques
  • improvements to the provision of care within your practice.

By specialising in certain areas following a more in depth course many of the nurses and healthcare assistants are then able, with confidence, to manage that particular area of care.

Our portfolio of professional development provision is extending all of the time based on your requests, and we are able to offer the following study days:

Study days for healthcare assistants (HCAs)  

Venepuncture study day

A study day specifically designed to equip healthcare assistants, nurses and other staff who are new to venepuncture with the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to effectively and safely take blood in a primary care setting.

PLEASE NOTE: You will need to secure the support of a mentor in your workplace in order to put your new skills into practice safely.

Date: 11 June 2018

Cost: £115

Bookings: via the University eStore

Ear care update for HCAs

An update session for healthcare assistants who have previously attended the ear care study day.

Date: 15 June 2018

Cost: £60

Bookings: via the University eStore

Core skills for healthcare support workers in primary care (two days)

This two-day course is the perfect introduction to the key features of the role of healthcare assistant (HCA) in general practice. You will cover a broad range of topics to help you in your role, including what is expected of a healthcare assistant, professional accountability and delegation, confidentiality, infection control, record keeping, legal and professional aspects and appraisal and continuing professional development.

Dates: 5 and 12 September 2018

Cost: £220

Bookings: via the University eStore

Measurements and investigations

For HCA's new to general practice, this course covers the basics of physiological measurements and investigations. You will learn how to conduct a number of tests and investigations (for example measuring blood pressure, pulse and respirations) safely and correctly as well as learning why they are taken, where they go and how they are linked to quality targets for Primary Care (QoF).

Date: 26 September 2018

Cost: £110

Bookings: via the University eStore

Health promotion, behaviour change and obesity management

A one-day course specifically designed to equip you with the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to offer safe, effective and appropriate dietary and lifestyle advice to adult patients at risk from the consequences of being overweight.

Date: 3 October 2018

Cost: £110

Bookings: via the University eStore

Atrial fibrillation, INR testing and anticoagulation

This study day is aimed at those who are involved in or assist with INR testing and anticoagulation monitoring and management. You will cover topics including anatomy and physiology of the heart, atrial fibrillation and stroke management, how warfarin works and anticoagulation monitoring and decision support software.

Date: 17 October 2018

Cost: £110

Bookings: via the University eStore

Tissue viability and wound management

This study day will widen your knowledge, skills and understanding of wound management within a general practice setting. You will look at the anatomy and physiology of the skin, the wound healing process, cleansing and assessment of wounds, the appropriate wound dressing, what to do when things don't go to plan and record keeping.

Date: 31 October 2018

Cost: £110

Bookings: via the University eStore

Pernicious anaemia and B12 injections

Find out more about the part that vitamin B12 plays in general health and learn how to safely administer B12 injections under patient specific direction (PSD) on this study day.You will increase your knowledge of the underlying conditions that are treated with B12 injections and learn how to manage adverse reactions and side effects.

Date: 16 November 2018

Cost: £110

Bookings: via the University eStore

Introduction to long-term conditions (two days)

This two-day course is the ideal introduction for HCA's who assist with the monitoring and management of patients with long-term conditions. You will gain further knowledge to help you support patients who live with a long-term health condition and study the implications of chronic health conditions in an ageing society.

Dates: 28 November and 5 December 2018

Cost: £220

Bookings: via the University eStore

Supporting patients with mental health issues, learning disabilities and/or dementia

This study day will equip you with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to fulfil your role in promoting mental health and supporting people with mental health problems.

Date: 12 December 2018

Cost: £110

Bookings: via the University eStore

Study days for nurses

Venepuncture study day

A study day specifically designed to equip Healthcare Assistants, nurses and other staff who are new to venepuncture with the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to effectively and safely take blood in a primary care setting.

PLEASE NOTE: You will need to secure the support of a mentor in your workplace in order to put your new skills into practice safely.

Date: 11 June 2018

Cost: £115

Bookings: via the University eStore

Ear care update for nurses

An update for nurses who have previously attended the ear care study day.

Date: 15 June 2018

Cost: £60

Bookings: via the University eStore

Location

Please note the study days are generally taught in Exeter but we are able, and have in the past, taught at a variety of locations across the UK where there is demand and would be happy to consider any such request.

Study days lead

The study days lead is Fiona Cook.

Email: fiona.cook@plymouth.ac.uk

Phone: +44 1392 537919