The Health Care Assistant Training Programme


In October 2015 Londonwide LMCs launched the  General Practice HCA (HCA) Training Programme. The course is designed for Health Care Assistants (HCAs) new to general practice and aims to provide a broad understanding of the HCAs role in a general practice setting and to provide a basic understanding of how to carry out tasks related to their role competently.

In April 2015, the Care Certificate Standards were introduced by Skills for Care and Skills for Health. These minimum standards should be covered as part of induction training for new healthcare and social workers. Need to add to this. The practice based competency document component of the programme consists of the 15 Care Certificate Standards. Students who wish to be awarded the Care Certificate Standards as part of this programme will need to complete these 15 competencies within the 12-week time frame.

The programme was academically accredited in 2015 by Middlesex University, 20 credits at level 4 and has  been awarded professional accreditation from the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) in 2017.

The HCA Training Programme is a blended learning programme which is composed of 10 online units delivered through a dedicated learning hub, 2 face-to-face taught days which complement the online units, a practice based competency document which allows maximum transfer of theory to practice. In order for students to obtain the academic credits, they must successfully complete two 1,500-word reflective assignments. Students have between 6 months and 1 year to complete all components.

The programme is taught by experienced practice nurse educators and students are supported through the programme by course tutors, personal tutors and the Programme Manager. The learning hub contains a forum where students can network and support each other.

The 10 online units are:

  • Working in General Practice
  • Professional Issues
  • Infection Control
  • Clinical Skills Training
  • Long-term Conditions
  • Health Promotion
  • Safeguarding
  • Immunisation
  • Wound Care
  • Emergency Situations

Entry Requirements:

  • Be employed or have placement time within a practice with an appropriate contract/agreement
  • Be supported within the practice by being given time to attend both taught days
  • Be supported within the practice by being assigned an experienced practice nurse who can mentor and sign off the competency document
  • Have a good standard of written English

The cost of the programme is £850 + VAT. Please note that block booking discounts can be negotiated.

If you would like to book on to the programme or have any questions please visit Londonwide LMCs learning hub  or contact the Programme Manager on