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Care Certificate StroudCongratulations to 22 Healthcare Assistants (HCAs) from Stroud General and the Vale Community Hospitals, who have recently been awarded Care Certificates. 

The group have been part of a 12 week training and development programme, learning the skills and behaviours to provide compassionate, safe and quality care. The Certificate is awarded to those in healthcare roles who have demonstrated they meet each of the 15 Care Certificate standards, including caring with privacy and dignity, awareness of mental health (including dementia and learning difficulties), safeguarding and infection control. 

The group received their certificates and badges from Sue Field, Director of Nursing, in the post-grad room at Stroud General Hospital. Sue and Juliette, the hospitals’ matron, praised the HCAs for their hard work and determination. Sue said: “These are exciting times for HCAs, and this Care Certificate signifies the start of new opportunities for them”, while Juliette said: “I’m really proud of all our HCAs, and this is a wonderful way to recognise their achievement.” 

Pauline Cox, Training and Development Facilitator (Stroud) and Julie Lerigo, Training and Development Sister (the Vale) have provided support and advice along the way. Julie said: “the HCAs have really supported each other in their learning – I know some met up in small groups at each other’s houses to complete their workbooks promoting shared learning. I have really enjoyed the experience, challenges, the active discussions promoting improved care and positive feedback.” 

Some of the HCAs will now go on to do their nurse training or apply for the new Nursing Associate role, which is piloting in Gloucestershire.


27 January 2017