Health Care Skills Recognised

A group of Health Care Assistants from the Health Service Executive (HSE) in Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford areas, were awarded the National Certificate in Health Service Skills, Further Education & Training Awards Council (FETAC) Level 5 by the Centre of Nurse Education based in Waterford Regional Hospital and the Continuity Training and Education Centre (CTEC), Wexford at a recent award ceremony.

The participants received their awards from Mark White, (Director, Nursing & Midwifery Planning & Development, HSE), Mr. James O' Shea (Director, Centre of Nurse Education, HSE/WRH)) and Ms. Patricia Howlin (Manager, Community Training and Education Centre (CTEC) Ltd., Wexford).

Health Care Assistants have a challenging, holistic role to play in supporting the delivery of direct, safe patient care and indirect care activities to the highest standard under the direction and supervision of the Nursing and Midwifery staff in the healthcare environment.

Therefore, this education and training equips the Health Care Assistant with new theoretical knowledge and clinical/technical skills to develop their competencies to their fullest potential. Maximising the educational opportunities through FETAC provides progression and access to higher levels of education and training leading to Higher Education Training Awards Council (HETAC) awards.

Speaking at the Ceremony held in the HSE/Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland education facilities in Waterford Regional Hospital, James O'Shea (Director, Centre of Nurse Education, HSE/WRH) said: "The Skills Programme has benefits for HSE staff participants and also for our patients and clients, improving their journey through various care facilities throughout the region. Those whose graduation we mark here today, all have a vital role to play in patient care no matter what department they work in."


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