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Essential Skills for Health Care Support Workers in Primary Care City Health

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Delivery of this module will be online due to government-issued guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic and may be made available face-to-face subject to Public Health England recommendations. Please submit your application and, once reviewed by the module leader, you will receive more specific information about the online delivery of your module and assessments.

Course overview

This study day will ensure that you are up to date in the delivery of selected essential skills in primary care. It will enhance the care you are able to deliver by ensuring your skills and knowledge is maintained, developed and up to date. You will receive a certificate of attendance from City, University of London.

Course outcomes

Course outcomes

The course will cover the following topics:

  • Accountability, the HCSW Code of Conduct and the Care Certificate
  • Patient Health Checks – understanding and interpreting:
    • Past medical history and family history
    • Height, weight and BMI
    • The alcohol screening test
  • Recording and interpreting clinical observations:
    • Blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, temperature, urinalysis, blood sugar & cholesterol
  • 24 hour BP recording
  • Peak flow readings and inhaler technique
  • An overview of acute and chronic wounds:
    • Wound healing and wound infection
    • The principles of wound cleansing and wound dressings
  • The assessment and management of chronic wounds:
    • Leg ulcers
    • Pressure ulcers
    • Diabetic foot ulcers
    • Fungating wounds
  • An overview of acute wounds:
    • Surgical wounds
    • Traumatic wounds
    • Burns
  • Wound care workshop:
    • Removal of sutures and staples, and application of steristrips



Prerequisite knowledge

Staff working as Health Care Support Workers.

English requirements

Applicants must be proficient in spoken and written English



There is no formal assessment for delegates on this day but the day will be evaluated and comments received with thanks.

Recommended reading

Recommended reading

Please review skin anatomy and the wound healing process prior to attending.

Module leaders

  • Tanya

    Tanya has had a long and varied career in A&E. While working as an A&E sister she developed an interest in the management of minor injuries and illness and spent a significant period of time working as an Emergency Nurse Practitioner.

    She then became a Lecturer Practitioner in A&E, a post jointly shared between Homerton Hospital and City University. During this time she was the module leader for the post-registration A&E and trauma modules. Following this Tanya became a Nurse Consultant in A&E at Homerton, while continuing to teach at City. Latterly, she was Head of Practice Development at Homerton Hospital.

    Tanya currently works part time as a visiting lecturer at City, University of London, as well as practising as a school nurse. She holds an MSc in Nursing (Advanced Practitioner Pathway) and has published work in relation to trauma and minor injuries and ailments.