Course Outline

Primary Health Care Assistant (core module)60 Credits
Immunisation & Injections30 credits
Wound Care Management20 credits
Management of Asthma & COPD20 credits
Phlebotomy in Primary Care20 credits
Chaperoning in Primary Care20 credits
Delivery of the NHS Health Check10 credits
Understanding of Diabetes Care20 credits
Mental Health Awareness20 credits

This course is for health care assistants (HCA’s) working in primary care who want to develop their role and gain further academic qualifications. The course comprises of a core sixty-credit module, Primary Health Care Assistant, which must be studied by all students, with the remaining sixty credits chosen from a range of optional modules.


Teesside University Cert HE: Primary Care 120 credits Level 4

Suitable For

This pathway is suitable for Health Care Assistants working at least 8 hours a week within primary care. They must be supported by a named registered nurse mentor for the duration of the course and have the support of their employer. It is expected that applicants should already have a Level 3 qualification (NVQ 3, BTEC Award, A level) and/or appropriate training and experience related to their practice. Literacy and Numeracy Skills at Level 2 (GCSE)

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and describe normal, and altered, anatomy and physiology relevant to the health care and support they provide for patients.
  • Identify key concepts for health and wellbeing and describe contemporary approaches to health promotion and illness prevention relevant to their role in primary care.
  • Identify and describe the ethical and legal considerations and constraints specific to primary health care practice.
  • Describe and explain key concepts, theories and principles that underpin their role in primary health care practice.
  • Describe and explain how the application of health and safety legislation can prevent harm to self and others, and enhance safe and effective practice.
  • Gather, record and describe data/evidence from a variety of sources to develop new insights into their role and responsibilities in primary health care practice, and support an evidence-based approach to practice.
  • Apply national and local policy and guidelines for the protection of vulnerable people.
  • Apply local/national policy and guidelines to ensure effective practice and safety of self and others within the primary care setting.
  • Demonstrate application of specific skills and knowledge that underpin safe and effective health care practice for patients and carers.
  • Apply appropriate verbal, non-verbal and written communication strategies to effectively engage, interact and disengage with patients, carers, peers and members of the primary care team.
  • Recognise the limits of personal competence and be able receive, reflect and respond appropriately to feedback related to personal development.
  • Work effectively with members of the primary care team and demonstrate awareness of each role and its contribution to safe effective practice.
  • Respond safely and effectively to emergency situations and maintain patient safety.
  • Select, use and maintain a range of resources appropriate to the health care assistant role in primary health care practice.
  • Contribute to assessment, delivery and evaluation of care within defined guidelines.
  • Work within the scope of the health care assistant role to safely and competently assist in care delivery and promote healthy wellbeing.
  • Reflect on own strengths and weaknesses to identify personal learning and development needs.
  • Demonstrate appropriate use of IT resources and other relevant technology to support academic and work-based practice.
  • Demonstrate numerical and literacy skills relevant to their practice.