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First nursing auxiliaries receive their Care Certificates at RD&E










A group of nursing auxiliaries at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital have been recognised for their skill in providing safe, effective and compassionate care after successfully completing the Care Certificate. 


The Care Certificate assesses the fundamental skills and knowledge required to provide safe, effective and compassionate care. It is awarded to staff in healthcare roles who have demonstrated they meet each of the 15 Care Certificate standards, including caring with privacy and dignity, safeguarding, communication and infection control. 


The assessment was developed jointly, as part of the Cavendish Review work, by Health Education England (HEE), Skills for Care and Skills for Health and officially launched in 2015. All new NAs working at the RD&E are now required to attend the two week Nursing Auxiliary Programme and have to undertake several weeks of supervision with an assessor based on their ward to complete the certificate.  


The first 20 nursing auxiliaries (NA) to complete the course recently received their Care Certificates from RD&E Deputy Chief Nurse/Midwife Tracey Reeves at a special celebration event. 


Tracey Reeves, Deputy Chief Nurse/Midwife, said: “This is a real achievement for our NA’s and for the Trust. We wanted to ensure that everyone had the same level of training and that staff felt recognised for the work that they do. This event is just the beginning for many of our NA’s working at the Trust and we hope that there will be more opportunities for them to progress in the future.”

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